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The Great Basin Water Network (GBWN) protects the water resources of the Great Basin for current and future residents. Read our 40 questions and answers about the Las Vegas Water Grab Las Vegas Water Grab Rejected by Nevada Supreme Court Press Releases, GWBN Newsletters & Other Documents

In The News — Below are press stories about the ongoing drought in the west; press stories also cover the Southern Nevada Water Authority's "water grab" in Nevada and Utah; and other "mega" water projects that threaten the Great Basin. [Note: Stories open in new browser window]

July 26, 2016 — Federal officials say Lake Mead water won’t be released — PHOENIX — Federal officials say they won't release water that Arizona and other Lower Colorado River Basin states have stored in Lake Mead to another state. Deputy Interior Secretary Michael Connor wrote in a letter this week that the department will only release unused water belonging to one state to another if all three states agree. The Lower Basin is comprised of Arizona, Nevada and California. The assurances only protect water through 2016 because there will be an administration change in January. But they come as a victory for U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, who has been trying to get formal protection for Arizona's water stored in Lake Mead — AP [Mobil Link]

July 06, 2016 — Facing historically low levels, Lake Mead officials are fending off a water war. Here's how — This may be what the start of a water war looks like. Drought is draining the West’s largest reservoir, Lake Mead, to historic low levels. Forecasts say climate change will make things worse. Headlines warn of water shortages and cutbacks. Members of Congress are moving to protect their states’ supplies. Yet if war is really imminent, why is one of the region’s most experienced water managers doing the same thing he has done for years: tinkering? — LA Times

New Mexico attorney Simeon Herskovits, representing groups opposing the proposed SNWA water pipeline June 30, 2016 — SNWA may propose changes to state water law — A meeting to present some of the current findings and results regarding the continued efforts of Southern Nevada Water Authority to build a pipeline in rural Nevada was held in Alamo last week. Simeon Herskovits, a New Mexico-based attorney with Advocates for Community and Environment, was on hand along with colleague Iris Thornton. They represent the interests of the Alamo Sewer and Water GID and a number of other irrigation companies or districts, county and local governments and individual owners fighting against the groundwater development being proposed by SNWA — eurekasentinel.com [Print PDF]

June 30, 2016 — Sandra Ramaker says - Keep the water here — The five members of The Virgin Valley Water Board (VVWB), which serves both Mesquite and Bunkerville, are split over how so-called "excess" water should be handled — TheSpectrum.com

June 28, 2016 — With Doomsday in Mind, California Officials Are Ceding Water to Arizona, Nevada — Twenty-six million people in California, Nevada and Arizona rely on the Colorado River, but this magnificent source of water that carved a continent is drying up. Representatives of the three states have been huddling behind closed doors and, for the first time ever, California water officials are offering to give up some of the state’s strongest claims to the river – at least temporarily — VoiceOfSandigo.org

June 20, 2016 — Study finds surprising source of Colorado River water supply — Every spring, snow begins to melt throughout the Rocky Mountains, flowing down from high peaks and into the streams and rivers that form the mighty Colorado River Basin, sustaining entire cities and ecosystems from Wyoming to Arizona. But as spring becomes summer, the melting snow slows to a trickle and, as summer turns to fall, all but stops — hcn.org

June 20, 2016 —What Lake Mead’s Record Low Means for California — After 16 years of drought in the Colorado River Basin, Lake Mead has hit its lowest point ever. Here’s a look at what impact this will have on the 19 million Californians who depend on the water supply

June 13, 2016 — DEAD SEAS: Landmark water transfer creates environmental wasteland — IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif. -- The Salton Sea has gone from a midcentury vacation spot for movie stars to a post-apocalyptic desert with mounds of dead fish here, gurgling "mud pots" there, blasts from a military bombing range on the horizon and sulfuric stench everywhere. The worst is yet to come — eenews.net

June 09, 2016 — Collaborating to protect Lake Mead — The Central Arizona Project (CAP) and the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) recently hosted a second Colorado River Shortage Update. CAP and ADWR presented the latest information about the near-term outlook for the river and how Arizona can keep the river out of shortage in 2017. The update also featured a look at what needs to happen going forward to protect Lake Mead, the reservoir that supplies Arizona, Nevada, California and Mexico — azcapitoltimes.com

June 08, 2016 — DENVER — Wet May Boosts Snowpack In Most Of Colorado’s River Basins — A wet May boosted the snow across most of Colorado’s mountains, putting the state in good shape for the spring and summer runoff. Water officials said Tuesday the snowpack in six of the state’s seven river basins is well above normal for this time of year. The deeper snows range from 150 percent of normal in the Yampa and White Basin in northwestern Colorado to 235 percent in the South Platte Basin in north-central Colorado — AP

June 07, 2016 — Unabated Global Warming Threatens West's Snowpack, Water Supply — New study shows a snowline creeping higher in the Rockies, Sierra Nevada and Cascades and the resulting decrease in spring runoff endangers those below — BY BOB BERWYN, INSIDECLIMATE NEWS

June 02, 2016 — Why Desalination Isn’t the Solution to Water Woes — Stanford University recently hosted a diverse roundtable discussion to explore whether seawater desalination can resolve California's water problems. Leon Szeptycki, one of the organizers, helps us understand why the potential is limited — newsdeeply.com

All 2016 News Stories


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