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(1) Court Decisions, Agreements, GBWN Comments, Other

August 3, 2016 — GBWN White Paper submitted to the [Nevada] Legislative Commission's Subcommittee to Study Water — The papers is titled "Statutory Changes Proposed to Legislative Commission Sub-Committee to Study Water" — Prepared by: Advocates for Community and Environment, 11 Pages PDF

June 02, 2016 — Plaintiffs White Pine County, et al.’s Reply in support of Motion for Summary Judgment and Memorandum in Opposition to Defendant Bureau of Land Management, et al. and Defendant-Intervenor Southern Nevada Water Authority Motions for Summary Judgment: Case 2:14-cv-00226-APG-VCF Document 117 Filed 06/02/16 -- 54 Page Federal lawsuit — Great Basin Water Network, White Pine County, et al.’s [EXHIBIT A]

May 18, 2016 — Plaintiff Center for Biological Diversity’s reply in support of Motion for Summary Judgment; and in Opposition to Defendants’ and Intervenor’s Motions for Summary Judgment: Case 2:14-cv-00226-APG-VCF Document 111 Filed -- PDF 50 pages Federal lawsuit — Center For Biological Diversity

April 08, 2016 — [Kobeh Valley Ranch] NOTICE OF APPEAL — IN THE SEVENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT OF THE STATE OF NEVADA 7 IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF EUREKA — Notice is hereby given that the State Engineer of Nevada, Office of the State Engineer, Division of Water Resources, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Division of Water Resources ("Nevada State Engineer"), by and through counsel, Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt and Senior Deputy Attorney General Micheline N. Fairbank, hereby appeals to the Nevada Supreme Court from the Amended Order Granting Objection to Proposed Order Remanding to State Engineer; Order Granting Petitions for Judicial Review; Order Vacating Permits entered by this Court on March 9, 2016. Notice of Entry of Order was served on March 14, 2016. A copy of said Notice of Entry of Amended Order is attached hereto as Exhibit 1.

December 18, 2015 — Order on Stipulation Extending the Briefing Schedule in the Federal lawsuit against the Record of Decision (ROD) approving Southern Nevada's (SNWA’s) Pipeline Project — The schedule was extended at the request of the Department of Justice (DOJ). It extends the initial briefing deadlines by about 90 days — United States District Court for the District of Nevada, Southern Division

September 22, 2015 — The Southern Nevada Water Authority and the Metropolitan Water District (MDW) of Southern California have agreed to lease 150,000 acre-feet of water to California from the Las Vegas Valley's reserves in the coming year. On September 22, 2015 the MWD approved the agreement. Under the agreement the MWD will pay SNWA $44.375 million and SNWA will provide Metropolitan with 150,000 AF of water during 2015. Read the Agreement [2 Page PDF].

September 18, 2015 — Decision, Supreme Court, State of Nevada: on Kobeh Valley Ranch [17 Page PDF]: Appellants — Eureka County Nevada; Kenneth F. Benson, individually; Diamond Cattle Company, LLC, a Nevada limited liability company; and Michel and Margaret Ann Etcheverry family, LP, a Nevada registered foreign limited partnership. Respondents — State of Nevada, Division of Water Resources; and Kober Valley Ranch, LLC, a Nevada Limited Liability company. The Decision REVERSED AND REMANDED the matter to the district court for proceedings consistent with the Supreme Court's order. The decision favors the Appellants case concerning the authorization of water rights to support water diversion for the Mount Hope Mine near Eureka, Nevada. Mount Hope is large proposed molybdenum mine that General Moly, Inc. seeks to establish in Eureka County. Specifically, appellants asked the court to determine whether the State Engineer had taken into account the applicant's ability to mitigate the drying up of existing rights holders' water sources when determining if a proposed use or change would conflict with existing rights. The Supreme Court found it had not, and remand the matter back to the district court.

February 12, 2014 — Vegas Pipeline Foes Sue Feds
A broad coalition of citizens' groups, Native American Tribes and rural governmental entities filed suit today in the United States District Court in Las Vegas seeking to overturn the United States Department of Interior's decision to approve the Southern Nevada Water Authority's Groundwater Development Project and issue a right-of-way for a nearly 265 mile-long pipeline to suck billions of gallons water away from rural areas and convey it to Las Vegas.
Download Press Release (2 Pages)
Read the Lawsuit — Case 2:14-cv-00228 Filed 02/12/14 Page 75 Pages

February 12, 2014 — Lawsuit Filed to Halt Massive Las Vegas Water Grab LAS VEGAS — The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit in U.S. district court today to halt a right-of-way needed for the Southern Nevada Water Authority's long-proposed pipeline (commonly known as the "Groundwater Development Project"). If allowed to proceed, the pipeline would siphon more than 27.3 billion gallons of groundwater each year from the desert of eastern Nevada and pump it more than 260 miles to the Las Vegas Valley. The controversial $15.5 billion project would have profound effects on people, wildlife and Nevada's natural heritage
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December 11, 2013 — GBWN Press Release on NV State District Court Ruling
Court invalidates water rights for Las Vegas pipeline — Baker, Nevada, A Nevada court today resoundingly rejected the Nevada State Engineer’s allocation of some 84,000 acre feet per year of groundwater in four rural valleys that the Southern Nevada Water Authority planned to pump and pipe to Las Vegas.
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December 2013 — State District Court Judge Robert Estes Ruling
Judge Robert Estes issued a ruling 12-10-2013 in favor of appellants (combined and consolidated cases) in the GBWN/White Pine County lawsuit challenging the State Engineer's rulings on water right applications for the Southern Nevada Water Authority in Spring, Cave, Delamar, and Dry Lake Valleys in Eastern Nevada.
Download Decision (23 Pages 1.0 Mb)

June 10, 2010 — Nevada Supreme Court's Modified Opinion favorable to the Protestants of the Southern Nevada Water Authority's 1989 pumping applications
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(2) Press Releses, GWBN Newsletters & Other Documents

External Link — ‘Federal’ News Releases and Newsletters — 2007 to Present, BLM Website

Spring 2017, Water Gab Newsletter

  • NEVADA WATER LAW: AB 298 Passes Assembly Bill Legalizes Water Mining, Upends “First in Time, First in Right”
  • ACTION ALERT: Stop AB 298; Stop the Grab
  • Legal Update: Spring CDD Hearing SNWA Trying to Change the Law
  • Snake Valley Festival Set for June 16-17 Parade, Pancake Breakfast, Booths, Beer Tasting, BBQ and more
  • Nevada Outreach Update: Water Is Brain Food
  • Colorado River News
  • Utah Update Legislative Action and Duty of Water Float To Top of Water News
  • Great Basin Water Tour Heads for Snake Valley Festival
  • Water in KSL West Desert Focus
  • Lookin’ for Lichen?
  • Download Water Gab Newsletter (8 Pages)


Fall 2016, Water Gab Newsletter
  • LEGAL UPDATE: New Hearing Set With Nevada State Engineer Federal Case Likely Heard and Decided in Las Vegas Next Year
  • GBNP Observatory Depends On Dust-free Clear Skies….And No Water Grab
  • Southern Nevada Update:Talking Up Water, Debating Its Costs
  • Nevada Water Law on Chopping Block at 2017 Legislature
  • OPINION: Tell Nevada Legislature Not To Undermine Water Law
  • Utah Update: Lake Powell Pipeline and Bear River Generate Controversy
  • Downstream Humboldt River Ag Challenges State Engineer in Court
  • What Do Black Rock Pipeline, Water and Lithium Have In Common? It’s a TRIC Question
  • SNAKE VALLEY WATER FESTIVAL ‘16
  • Download Water Gab Newsletter (8 Pages)


May 2016, Water Gab Newsletter
  • GBWN Recommends Prudence for Water Rights Decisions Nevada Water Law Should Continue to Protect Senior Water Rights
  • Legal Update: Federal Case and State Remand in Play Nevada Legislature to Consider Increased “Flexibility” for State Engineer
  • Southern Nevada Update: Water Rates and Water Tweets
  • Is Desalination a Viable Alternative to the SNWA Pipeline?
  • Update – Snake Valley Festival
  • Download Water Gab Newsletter (8 Pages)


November 2015, Water Gab Newsletter
  • LEGAL UPDATE: Nevada Supreme Court Dismisses Appeals, Affirms Remand SNWA Still Has No Right to Use Water For Export from Eastern Nevada
  • SNWA Changes Tone After Third Straw Completed Projects 1 Million More People With Existing Water Supply
  • Drought Forum Proves Dry as a Bone as El Nino Looms
  • 2015 Nevada Legislature Doesn’t Change Nevada Water Law
  • Nevada Agriculture Is Conservation Partner, Not Enemy
  • Utah Support Helps Sustain Water Grab Opposition Millard and Juab Counties Support Water Network Efforts
  • SNAKE VALLEY WATER FESTIVAL ‘15
  • GBWN’s Social Media Presence Provides and Accesses Current News
  • Spilsbury Speaks Up At Drought Forum
  • Mark Your Calendars: Snake Valley Water Festival is June 17-19, 2016
  • Download Water Gab Newsletter (7 Pages)

May 22, 2015 — [GBWN PRESS RELEASE] Nevada Supreme Court denies SNWA and state engineer appeals on Water Grab [2 Page PDF].

May 2015, Water Gab Newsletter
  • Las Vegans Get Real About Water
  • Megadrought
  • Will Utah Go “All In” for Water Projects?
  • Snake Valley Festival Program
  • Nevada Legislature
  • Drought Forum
  • Letter to the Editor
  • Download Water Gab Newsletter (7 Pages)
November 2014, Water Gab Newsletter
  • Water Fight Continues in Legal Arena — GBWN Pursues Justice in State and Federal Courts
  • Cecil Garland: An Activist for All Seasons
  • West’s Water Going, Going….Where? Water Engineer “Listens”
  • GBWN Launches Updated Website
  • Utah Water Follies Update
  • Parade is Heart of Snake Valley Festival — Grassroots Fundraising Supports Water Fight
  • Download Water Gab Newsletter (4 Pages)
March 2014, Water Gab Newsletter
    What's In This Issue of the Gab
  • Pipeline Foes Sue Feds; Big Win in District Court
  • Saving Money, Saving Water, Saving Las Vegas
  • Resounding VICTORY for GBWN & Allies: Third Straight Win in State Court
  • Utah Governor's Advisory Group to Plan State's Water Future
  • GBWN to Honor Jo Anne Garrett with Memorial Fund
  • Snake Valley Festival Set for June 20-22, 2014
  • Download Water Gab Newsletter (4 Pages)

Februry 12, 2014 — Vegas Pipeline Foes Sue Feds — GBWN
A broad coalition of citizens' groups, Native American Tribes and rural governmental entities filed suit today in the United States District Court in Las Vegas seeking to overturn the United States Department of Interior's decision to approve the Southern Nevada Water Authority's Groundwater Development Project and issue a right-of-way for a nearly 265 mile-long pipeline to suck billions of gallons water away from rural areas and convey it to Las Vegas.
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December 11, 2013 — Press Release - GBWN gives BLM an "F" for its "new" alternative.
Citizens in the broad coalition of farmers, environmentalists, tribes, ranchers, hunters and anglers, rural and urban residents in the Great Basin Water Network are giving the Bureau of Land Management an "F" for the additional alternative ...
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2012 Documents

September 2012 — GBWN Water Gab Newsletter (3 Pages)

  • BLM Issues Final EIS on Pipeline Project Opponents Urge Protest Letters to Salazar, Sandoval and SNWA
  • Finger Pointing All the Way to the Fiscal Cliff
  • Proposed Action? Preferred Alternative?
  • What’s Wrong with Alternative F
  • Action Alert: Speak Up for the Future of Nevada
  • Snake Valley Festival Celebrates Summer Fun’Raising

March 23, 2012 — Goshute Tribe Press Release: Nevada State Engineer Over-allocates Water to Las Vegas Vice-Chair of the Goshute Tribal Council, Madeline Greymountain says, “Las Vegas might believe it has hit the jackpot with today’s decision, but the tribe has no intentions of letting this go without more fight. ...
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March 22, 2012 — Pipeline Foes Slam Water ruling
PIPELINE FOES SLAM WATER RULING News that Nevada State Engineer Jason King granted the Southern Nevada Water Authority rights to pump up to 83,988 acre-feet of the groundwater from four eastern Nevada valleys drew a swift and stern response from pipeline opponents, who called the ruling “excessive and ill-considered.”
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2011 Documents

Great Basin National Park Foundation warns against SNWA groundwater pumping in Spring and Snake valleys
Download Press Release (1 Pages)

October 31, 2011 — State, County Slam Vegas Water Grab Study
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management failed to take a “hard look”at the possible negative impacts on Utah and the Wasatch Front of the Southern Nevada Water Authority’s proposed groundwater pumping and pipeline project, according to the State of Utah and Salt Lake County. ...
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April 13, 2011 — Press Release: Hundreds protest Las Vegas water grab
Nevadans and Utahns made it clear once again that Las Vegas won’t take water from rural Nevada without a fight.
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March 2011 — Water GAB Newsletter Download to get all the critical information on the re-noticing and new protest period for the Southern Nevada Water Authority's water applications in Spring, Delamar, Dry Lake, and Cave Valleys. Download News Letter (4 Pages)

March 24, 2011 — List of SNWA Applications Open for New Protest Through March 24, 2011
The 25 Southern Nevada Water Authority applications shown for 126,054 acre-feet of groundwater exported through a 300-mile-long pipeline annually are open to protest once again after the Nevada Supreme Court sided with the Great Basin Water Network on behalf of protestants and invalidated earlier State Engineer rulings
Download Document (1 Pages)

February 2011 — GBWN Urgent Action Alert
STOP THE WATER GRAB BY PROTECTING WATER AND WATER RIGHTS IN SPRING, CAVE, DRY LAKE AND DELAMAR VALLEYS.
Download Alert (1 Pages)

2010 Documents

October 18, 2010 — Letter of Response to Comments and setting preliminary schedule.
In this letter the State Engineer reiterates comments from the 10-15-2010 Letter (also found on our website) and sets target dates for the republishing of SNWA's 1989 applications for new protests. New protests will be accepted during the republication.
Download NewsLetter (5 Pages)

August 19, 2010 — GBWN, New Release, Water grab foes protest again - Nevada would double-charge concerned citizens
Download News Release (2 Pages)

August 2010 — Water Gab Newsletter (Volume 1, Issue 1)
Water Gab (Volume 1, Issue 1) August, 2010 , Water War Persists Despite Decisive Victories, Snake Valley Celebrates with Festival to Protect Its Water, Lincoln County residents protest Water Grab, Water Network Profile: Meet Ken and Kathy Hill, Utah Simmers As Nevada Boils, Protests Must Continue to Stop the Water Grab
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June 07, 2010 —Press Release: Protests Reveal Broad Opposition to Las Vegas Water Plan
A new analysis of the protests against well applications filed by the Southern Nevada Water Authority for its proposed groundwater development and pipeline project in eastern Nevada reveal a broad and surprisingly diverse range of interests. The analysis by the Great Basin Water Network (GBWN), a leading opponent of the Las Vegas “Water Grab” found over 2300 individual protests were filed by the April deadlines by 150 individuals and families, 16 ranches and 7 tribes in areas projected to be impacted by SNWA’s water grab.
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December 2010 — U.S. BLM NV Groundwater Projects Update
This BLM Newsletter details the upcoming Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Southern Nevada Water Authority's proposed massive water export project. The Newsletter describes the alternatives which will be considered in the DEIS and the alternatives rejected for consideration (many of them supported by the hundreds of comments the BLM received on the SNWA project). Essential reading for those opposed to the project to take over 200,000 acre-feet of water each year from the dry valleys of eastern Nevada and western Utah.
Download NewsLetter (8 Pages)



(3) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Process & related documents

External Link — Overview of BLM's EIS Process including all relevant documents including the EIS Record of Decision issued on December 19, 2012

July 2013 — EIS Action Alert: Speak Up for the Future of Nevada
Letters & Email Needed Now — Do It in September! — Yes, it’s that time AGAIN now that the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) is out. Please, rally family, friends, and neighbors to email the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to tell them the Pipeline project is an economic and environmental disaster of vast proportion.
Download Alert (2 Pages)

December 11, 2013 — Press Release - GBWN gives BLM an "F" for its "new" alternative.
Citizens in the broad coalition of farmers, environmentalists, tribes, ranchers, hunters and anglers, rural and urban residents in the Great Basin Water Network are giving the Bureau of Land Management an "F" for the additional alternative ...
Download Press Release (2 Pages)

July 2012 — U.S. Bureau of Land Management Nevada Groundwater Projects, Southern Nevada Water Authority Right-of-Way Project Update [Newsletter No. 9]
Download Newsletter (6 Pages)

Winter 2012 — Water Gab Volume 3, Issue 1 September 2012: BLM Issues Final EIS on Pipeline Project:
How to protest Alt. "F"

Water Gab Volume 3, Issue 1 September 2012 Action Alert News from the Great Basin Water Network Heartland BLM Issues Final EIS on Pipeline Project Opponents Urge Protest Letters to Salazar, Sandoval and SNWA
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August 03, 2012 — Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement, Including a Programmatic Agreement, for the Clark, Lincoln, and White Pine Counties Groundwater Development Project, Nevada
The BLM has announced the availability of the Final EIS on the SNWA "Groundwater Project" as of Aug. 3, 2012. The BLM has a Preferred alternative of "F" which was created after the Draft EIS was released and commented on. The BLM will not issue a final decision, called the "Record of Decision", for 60 days. That decision for 60 days. That decision could come then as soon as September 27, 2012.
Download report (11 Pages)

June, 2011, GBWN Water Grab EIS Guide
Download EIS Guide (4 Pages)

July 29, 2011 — BLM grants more time to comment on Las Vegas pipeline plan
Download News Release (1 Pages)

December 2010 — U.S. Bureau of Land Management Nevada Groundwater Projects, Southern Nevada Water Authority Right-of-Way Project Update [Newsletter No. 6]
Download Newsletter (8 Pages)

Protest Form: One page with reasons
Download this Protest Form of SNWA's applications in Spring, Cave, Delamar, and Dry Lake Valleys
Download Form (2 Pages)

Topics to help you comment on the BLM Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Download the issues which you may wish to comment to the BLM about.
Download Report (1 Pages)

December 2008 — U.S Bureau of Land Management Newsletter: Nevada Groundwater Projects, Souther Nevada Water Authority Right–of–Way Project Update.
Download NewsLetter (6 Pages)



(4) Other Publications, Documents, Newsletters, etc

External Link — ‘Federal’ News Releases and Newsletters — 2007 to Present, BLM Website

May 2016 — NYFC’s new report, Conservation Generation: How Young Farmers And Ranchers Are Essential to Tackling Water Scarcity in the Arid West —National Young Farmers Coalition [Download the Report]

    Key Findings
  • Water, drought, and climate change are the top agricultural concerns of young farmers in the West. Eighty-two percent of survey respondents listed water availability/access as once of their concerns;
  • Young farmers prioritize water conservation, and the vast majority (94%) are already conserving water;
  • Building healthy soil is the most common water conservation strategy;
  • Federal cost-share programs are not reaching young farmers in the West;
  • Perceptions of “use it or lose it” discourage on-farm conservation.

March 2016 — USGS Report: Limitations of perennial yield concept and principles of groundwater sustainability in Nevada [23 Page PDF]

December 2015 — Evaluating connection of aquifers to springs and streams, Great Basin National Park and vicinity, Nevada Professional Paper. . . . Federal agencies that oversee land management for much of the Snake Range in eastern Nevada, including the management of Great Basin National Park by the National Park Service, need to understand the potential extent of adverse effects to federally managed lands from nearby groundwater development. As a result, this study was developed (1) to attain a better understanding of aquifers controlling groundwater flow on the eastern side of the southern part of the Snake Range and their connection with aquifers in the valleys . . . Prepared in cooperation with the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Forest Service

December 2015 — Nevada Drought Forum: Recommendations Report Presented to Governor Brian Sandoval The Nevada Drought Forum (Forum) was formed by Governor Brian Sandoval in April 2015 through Executive Order 2015-03 to address water resource challenges related to severe and sustained drought conditions that have affected much of the state. The Forum was directed to facilitate a statewide dialogue among interested stakeholders and identify best practices for drought policy, preparedness and management . . . . State of Nevada

September 2015 — Unbundling Water Rights: A Blueprint for Development of Robust Water Allocation Systems in the Western United States — Duke Nicholas Institute [Download Report - 50 Pages, 1.8MB]

August 2015 — PETITIONER: Pershing County Water Conservation to seeks writ of mandamus to require the State Engineer to establish a critical groundwater management area over all over-appropriated groundwater basins within the Humboldt River Basin, Nevada — 22 Pages

June 15, 2015 — Special Report: Western Governors Association Drought Forum — WGA, 24 Pages

May 2015 — Colorado River Basin Stakeholders Moving Forward to Address Challenges Identified in the Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study — Bureau of Reclamation [449 Pages, 10.MB]

November 2014 — TTROUBLED WATERS: Misleading industry PR and the case for public water The report identifies worldwide deceptive practices used by the water privatization industry — Corporate Accountability International [64 Pages, 6.5MB]

November 2014 — Top 10 Myths about Desalination Despite desalination being an option, there are over two billion people who do not have access to clean drinking water or adequate water for sanitation purposes. Critics of desalination argue that it is not an urgent concern and that the cost is too high. Others suggest that water is becoming the ‘new oil’ (Kennedy, 2014). This article invites the reader to explore the top ten myths about desalination, a viable option to provide fresh water to populations experiencing extreme drought and/or global warming — By Genevieve D. Minter and Mark Bird

October 07, 2014 — Potential Effects of Existing and Proposed Groundwater Withdrawals on Water Levels and Natural Groundwater Discharge in Snake Valley, Juab and Millard Counties, Utah, White Pine County, Nevada, and Surrounding Areas in Utah and Nevada — USGS

September 2014 — Hydrology and numerical simulation of groundwater movement and heat transport in Snake Valley and surrounding areas, Juab, Miller, and Beaver Counties, Utah, and White Pine and Lake Counties, Nevada 2014, — Masbruch, Melissa D.; Gardner, Philip M.; Brooks, Lynette E. USGS Scientific Investigations Report: 2014-5103

August 2014 — Report to the Public Lands Committee on Listening Sessions — The State Engineer held these listening sessions to provide information on water-related issues in Nevada, proposed bill drafts and most importantly, to listen to the public regarding issues of concern raised by those who attended — State of Nevada [8 Pages]

September 2014 — Corporate Water Disclosure Guidelines: Towards a Common Approach to Report Water Issues he UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate initiative has released the finalized Corporate Water Disclosure Guidelines – a common approach for companies to effectively and intelligibly disclose the many elements of their corporate water management practice to key stakeholders. The Guidelines are available as a PDF report and web-based tool — pacinst.org

June 2013 — [Southern California] Water: Local / Regional / State / Interstate Issues: By Jim Yannotta, Manager of Aqueduct — LADWP - Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
Download Slide Show (9 Slides 4.2 Mb)

May 4, 2013 — Shoshone Walk and Run
Walk and Run 2013 for the Western Shoshone against the Water Grab: The Longest Walk from 2000 to 2013. For some of us, the longest walk and run never ends, it's in our blood -- Newe The official Walk and Run will start at dawn on Saturday, May 4th, 2013 and will finish on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 13 or longer if the group decides to continue.
Download flyer (2 Pages 1.2 Mb)

Colorado declared most endangered river in the U.S.. long term solutions, not a bank-breaking pipeline are needed to supply Las Vegas water
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Winter 2012 — Water and public lands: Groundwater mining in Nevada
Over the course of a decade-long drought, the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) has widely circulated alarming photos of lake Mead’s "bathtub ring," showing the striking decline of the reservoir that holds Las Vegas’ water supply from the Colorado River. SNWA has aggressively pursued ways to supplement its Colorado River water allocation, and the water authority’s manager, Pat Mulroy, is determined that Las Vegas must continue to grow, and that to do so it will need more water. Mulroy is well-known for her cold dismissal of anyone who objects to her plans.
Download report (2 Pages)

May 06, 2010 — Juab and Millard Counties [Utah]
Lewis Young Robertson & Burningham, Inc. was retained to assess the economic impacts of the Southern Nevada Water Authority's proposal to pump and pipe groundwater from the Snake Valley area to locations in southern Nevada. This analysis identifies the impacts to both Millard and Juab Counties, with impacts specifically identified by each County. BACKGROUND AND APPROACH In 1989, the Las Vegas Valley Water District filed for water applications in the Snake Valley.
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January 2010 — "Virtually Impossible" for Groundwater Monitoring to Protect Snake Valley by Dr. John Bredehoeft
The question is: Can one monitor a real groundwater system, with the idea of identifying the explicit impacts of pumping from individual wells or pumping centers, as the Nevada State Engineer implied, and which various Federal agencies bought into? It is virtually impossible. Let me explain why:
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2009 — SNWA Water Resource Plan: The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) has worked diligently to maximize the existing water resources available to the Las Vegas Valley. Since its inception in 1991, SNWA has developed and maintained a comprehensive Water Resource Plan [PDF 9MB] to outline current and future water needs and resources.

Fall 2009 — Breakdown of SNWA spending on outside law firms
This spreadsheet details SNWA spending on outside firms (despite a substantial, well paid in-house legal staff) to support its rural water grab. It is no coincidence many consider the agency more powerful than any other and one that sets its own agenda.
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March 18, 2009 — Scientists and Doctors Express Concern to Utah and Nevada Governors Huntsman and Gibbons about the Impacts of a Massive Groundwater Mining Project in Utah & Nevada
On March 18, 2009 Governors Jon Huntsman (UT) and Jim Gibbons (NV) received a letter from leading scientists stating: "A comprehensive evaluation of the Southern Nevada Water Project would almost certainly conclude that the project will adversely impact rural livelihoods, substantially lower groundwater aquifers, reduce biodiversity, and will not be sustainable." The 147 scientists and MDs are from 25 states, and Mexico and Germany. A copy of the letter also was sent to local, state, and national law- and policy makers in the two states.
Download Letter (2 Pages

Undated — Dean Baker, Rancher — Snake Valley, Nevada
For the most part all living things in the region, not just humans, are dependent on the Great Basin aquifer and its springs for water. According to Dean Baker, "Virtually any level of irrigation here leaves nearby springs dry . . .
Download Letter (2 Pages

June 21, 2008 — Satiating a booming city: A relentless drought combined with explosive growth in Southern Nevada is exhausting the options for satisfying the needs of 2 million residents — Las Vegas Sun
Download paper (10 Pages

February 2008 — SNWA-Federal Stipulation: Trouble Ahead This presentation outlines the stipulated agreement between the Southern Nevada Water Authority and the Federal Agencies as presented by Kay Brothers, Head of Resources for the SNWA at the State Engineer Hearing for Cave, Delamar, and Dry Lake Valleys on February 4, 2008.
Download Letter (22 Pages

October 2007 —Assessing Protection for Imperiled Species of Nevada, U.S.A.: Are species slipping through the cracks of existing protections? By D. Noah Greenwald and Curtis Bradley.
Download paper (10 Pages

December 2007 — USGS Examines Importance of Water Budgets A new USGS Circular illustrates the importance of water budgets as an essential tool in addressing concerns about water availability in the 21st Century.
Download report (90 Pages

December 2007 — Gambling on the Water Table — The High-Stakes Implications of the Las Vegas Pipeline For Plants, Animals, Places and People. Las Vegas long ago tapped out the limited groundwater available in southern Nevada. Although the city has made signifcant progress in it's effors to conserve water, its explosive growth continues, leading to a search for more water hundreds of miles away in the most remote and undeveloped areas of the state. Under the Clark, Lincoln and White Pine Counties Groundwater Development Project, the Southern Nevada Water Authority proposes to extract hundreds of thousands of acre-feet of groundwater from eastern Nevada and convey it to the greater Las Vegas area through a massive pipeline. This report describes this plan, the natural and human communities it threatens and some alternatives the city should implement before attempting to take any more water from this fragile desert.
Download report (21 Pages

November 2007 — Hidden Oasis: Water Conservation and Efficiency in Las Vegas EXECUTIVE SUMMARY An complete overview of the recommendations from the "Hidden Oasis: Water Conservation and Efficiency in Las Vegas" report in summary form. Easy to read and just a few pages. The full report is also available from the list under the title "Hidden Oasis: Water Conservation and Efficiency in Las Vegas".
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April 2007 — The Importance of Ground Water to Rivers in the West Many ask, "Why should people who care about healthy rivers also care about ground water management?" Our answer: ground and surface water are connected to each other and as a result, pumping ground water can adversely affect river flows. In too much of the West, new water users start using ground water because river flows are insufficient. Ground water is seen as a new source to solve their water needs, but ground and surface waters are not separate and will rise and fall together. Ultimately, rivers bear the burden.
Download report (24 Pages

December 2006 — Water in the Urban Southwest: An Updated Analysis of Water Use in Albuquerque, Las Vegas Valley, and Tucson This report examines water use in three well-known metropolitan areas in the southwestern United States: Albuquerque, the Las Vegas Valley, and Tucson. Despite the similarities among these communities, the way that water is both used and managed is quite different. All three communities have demand-side management programs that are successfully reducing per-capita water use within their service areas; however, they take a very different approach. While it is important to recognize that all systems are unique, all three also have room for improvement.
Download report (55 Pages

November 2006 — Where Does It Start? Where Will It End? — The Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada's (PLAN) report on the Las Vegas and the Groundwater Development Project, provides an overview of the potential plans, costs and impacts of the Southern Nevada Water Authority's proposal to extract groundwater from rural Nevada and Utah and send it over 250 miles to Las Vegas.
Download report (30 Pages

April 2005 — $000 Current Seawater Desalting Costs? [PDF] Can nations now desalinate a million or a billion gallons of seawater at no real cost? Could $000 be the real cost to purify an acre/foot of desalted ocean water? This article answers these questions in the affirmative if the indirect desalting benefits are considered By Mark Bird
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August 2004 — Energy Down the Drain: The Hidden Costs of California's Water Supply (Pacific Institute) — To save energy, it is important to save water. As California's electricity demand sets record highs and the Southwest is parched by drought, a new report by the Pacific Institute and the NRDC shows the hidden connection between energy and water.
Download paper (85 Pages

Fall 2000 — Potential Environmental Effects of the Southern Nevada Groundwater Project
By James E. Deacon, Ph.D., Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology:
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(5) Utah — Nevada Interstate Groundwater Agreement

External Link — Utah/Nevada Snake Valley Agreement (BLM Website)

March 30, 2013 — GBWN Letter to Gary Herbert (Governor – Utah) and Brian Sandoval (Governor – Nevada): RE: Snake Valley Nevada-Utah Agreement
Dear Governors, Great Basin Water Network is comprised of organizations and individuals committed to careful assessment of water projects and their environmental, social and economic consequences. The Nevada-Utah Agreement is premature in that it would commit both states to a number of acre feet of water now known to be inaccurate.
Download Letter (2 Pages)

August 06, 2011 — Utah Tribal Leaders: Oppose Signing Utah-Nevada Agreement on the Snake Valley Groundwater Management System
Download Agreement (4 Pages)

January 06, 2010— Salt Lake City Mayor and Millard Co. Commission letters opposing the NV-UT agreement
The letters have been combined in this source, but they were sent to UT Governor Herbert separately on Jan 6, 2010 and provided reasons the agreement should be rejected and requirements for accepting an agreement.
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Written comments by Millard County, Utah regarding the draft document entitled "AGREEMENT FOR MANAGEMENT OF THE SNAKE VALLEY GROUNDWATER SYSTEM" Comments by Millard County regarding the draft document entitled "AGREEMENT FOR MANAGEMENT OF THE SNAKE VALLEY GROUNDWATER SYSTEM," released to the public August 13, 2009.
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September 09, 2009 — Citizens Hearing: NV-UT Draft Groundwater Agreement
Public Comments on the Draft Agreement: Transcript of UAC-GBWN Citizens Hearing Held September 9, 2009
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September 23, 2009 — GBWN Comments on the NV/UT Snake Valley Shared Groundwater Agreement
The GBWN strongly supports the goals of the Draft NV/UT Shared Groundwater Agreement, the equitable division of groundwater in Snake, Hamlin, and Pleasant Valleys and the protection of existing water rights and the valleys' environment (sustainable use). However . . .
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August 18, 2015 — Read GBWN's President Abby Johnson's formal statement to Governor Sandoval's Drought Commission [3 Page PDF]

July 17, 2015 — Comments of Great Basin Water Network at Nevada Drought Forum Meeting, July 17, 2015 [1 Page PDF]

August 30, 2014 — GBWN Comment Letter: Proposed Directive on Groundwater Resource Management for the US Forest Service.

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