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Stop the Las Vegas Water Grab

725 Signatures Goal: 1,000

The Great Basin Desert of eastern Nevada and western Utah is threatened by plans of the Southern Nevada Water Authority to drill over 200 wells in one of the driest regions of the United States and pipe the water 300 miles to Las Vegas. If permitted by the State of Nevada and the Bureau of Land Management, Las Vegas would pump up to 85 billion gallons of water each year from rural valleys adjacent to the Great Basin National Park and National Wildlife Refuges. The groundwater would be piped through a huge, buried pipeline network and supported above ground by hundreds of miles of power lines and roads. The groundwater exported from eastern Nevada\'s desert valleys by the Southern Nevada Water Authority would enable more sprawl development in the Las Vegas Area further impacting Las Vegas residents with congestion, pollution, and a poorer quality of life. Rural communities would be destroyed by the loss of water. Unique wildlife dependent on small streams, wetlands, and regional springs would be threatened or exterminated. Tens of thousands of acres of desert vegetation would be killed by the pumping. Las Vegas could save 40 billion gallons each year with conservation actions similar to those employed in Tucson and other desert cities says a report by the respected Pacific Institute. Water conservation and efficiency improvements are vastly less expensive and will preserve our rural landscapes and wildlife. We the undersigned ask decision makers with the Nevada State Engineer\'s Office and the Bureau of Land Management to not permit the Southern Nevada Water Authority to proceed with their destructive pump and export project.

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Great Basin Water Network http://greatbasinwaternetwork.org
  • Holly Wenger
    Holly Wenger United States, Carmichael
    Feb 07, 2016
    Feb 07, 2016
    Water conservation is the key for all urban areas. If we simply continue to dig wells in distant aquifers, they will become depleted and the local areas will be devastated. We must do better!
  • Richard Spotts
    Richard Spotts United States, Saint George
    Nov 25, 2015
    Nov 25, 2015
    Water conservation is the cheapest and most reliable future source of water for Las Vegas. Drilling over 200 wells to unsustainably "mine" ancient groundwater reserves would be an insane waste of money and devastate the rural communities and wildlife that need that water to survive.
  • Ron Thompson
    Ron Thompson United States
    Aug 12, 2015
    Aug 12, 2015
    We can't afford another California debacle.
  • Bill Stremmel
    Bill Stremmel United States
    Aug 12, 2015
    Aug 12, 2015
    A recent visit to Great Basin National Park including tour of Lehman Cave confirms there is no surplus of water. Indeed, the Ranger leading the tour remarked about how prolonged drought had depleted groundwater to the extent of virtually eliminating seepage into the cave.
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