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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Press release -- Hundreds Protest Las Vegas Water Grab

The following is a press release from Great Basin Water Network, leading the charge against the southern Nevada watergrab. Over 450 people and organizations either filed new protests against SNWA wells in Spring Valley (adjacent to Snake Valley) or joined GBWN's protest. Protestants comprise a diverse range of interests.


1755 East Plumb Lane #170
Reno, NV 89502
(775) 786-9955

April 15, 2011

News Release Contact: Susan Lynn in Nevada 1-775-786-9955
For Immediate Release Steve Erickson in Utah 1-801-554-9029


Nevadans and Utahns made it clear once again that Las Vegas won’t take water from rural Nevada without a fight. More than 200 people and organizations have filed legal protests against the controversial Southern Nevada Water Authority plan to pump and pipe groundwater from rural Cave, Dry Lake, Delamar, and Spring Valleys to Las Vegas. Another 250 protesters signed on to the Great Basin Water Network’s protests and will be represented by GBWN’s attorneys. In all, the Nevada State Engineer received more than 950 protests of SNWA’s well permit applications in the four basins.

“When ranchers, tribes, local, state, and federal governments, regional and national conservation organizations, and rural and urban residents of Nevada and Utah all come together in protest of a project, you know the project deserves to be scrapped,” said Susan Lynn, Coordinator of the Great Basin Water Network, which led the protest outreach effort. “What’s more, Great Basin National Park lies partially within Spring Valley and it would be degraded by SNWA’s proposed development. This project just doesn’t make sense environmentally, financially, or hydrologically,” Lynn said. “There is no surplus water for Las Vegas to take.”

Protestants include the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; Nevada’s White Pine and Nye counties; California’s Inyo County; Utah’s Millard, Juab, and Salt Lake counties; the Goshute, Ely , Elko and Duckwater Shoshone Tribes; the Nevada Department of Wildlife; Nevada Farm Bureau; several Nevada towns and cities; and conservation groups including Defenders of Wildlife, Utah Audubon Council, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, and the Toiyabe Chapter of the Sierra Club. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Interior National Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service also filed protests.

The new protests are the latest development in the complex, protracted and hotly contested battle
against the multi-billion dollar pipeline project. The protests were in response to the re-publication of water applications originally filed back in 1989. The renoticing was required by a Nevada Supreme Court ruling (Great Basin Water Network v. Taylor) that voided previous decisions by the Nevada State Engineer granting water rights to SNWA totaling 60,000 acre feet of water annually in Spring Valley and 19,000 afy in Cave, Dry Lake and Delamar Valleys.

SNWA is seeking 90,000 afy in Spring Valley and 30,000 afy in the other valleys. Protestants will have standing to argue their cases against the project in hearings before State Engineer Jason King beginning late September and concluding in mid November. A decision is expected in 2012. Applications for groundwater permits in Snake Valley, which straddles the Nevada-Utah border, will be re-published some time after King rules on the applications in these four valleys.

“Even though water applications in Snake Valley were not at issue, Utahns and their local government leaders were concerned enough about impacts on Utah to protest the Spring Valley applications,” GBWN Utah Coordinator Steve Erickson said. “Tens of thousands of acre feet of groundwater flows into Snake Valley from Spring Valley each year, so depleting the aquifer in Spring will draw down the aquifer in Snake Valley, and that’s unacceptable.”


Sunday, April 03, 2011

Snake Valley Festival

June 17-19, 2011 is Snake Valley Festival at Baker, Nevada. All proceeds go to help finance the fight against the proposed pipeline from eastern Nevada and western Utah to southern Nevada. Come join the fun. Or send contributions to the Great Basin Water Network.

Tentative Schedule
All times Pacific Daylight Savings Time

Friday, June 17
6:30 PM Ice Cream Social- Baker Community Center
7 PM Wine Tasting, T&D’s

Saturday, June 18
7:30-9:30 AM Pancake Breakfast—Baker Main Street
8 AM-12 PM Yard Sale – Baker Main Street
8 AM – 1 PM Booths – Baker Main Street
10 AM Small Town Parade—Baker Main Street
11 AM-1 PM Food Booths—Baker Main Street at T&Ds
11 AM-2:30 PM Silent auction---Baker Hall
11 AM-2 PM Kids’ Games—Baker Hall Lawn
1 PM -4 PM Entertainment---T&D’s (specific acts to be announced)
4 PM Massive water fight--Playground
6 PM Barbeque dinner---Border Inn
7:30 PM Live auction---Border Inn
8:30 PM Karaoke—Border Inn

Sunday, June 19*
7:30 AM 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run
8:30 AM Pancake Breakfast
All day: Lehman Caves Tours-Great Basin National Park (advanced reservations recommended
775-234-7331 x242)

* Sunday church services in the area:
-9 AM (NV) LDS Services in Garrison
-10 AM Baker Community Church
-12:30 PM Catholic Service, Baker