Event Title

Debating the Long-Term Impact of the Southern Nevada Pumping Project

Presenter Information

Norm Jones

Location

ECC 305

Event Website

http://water.usu.edu/

Start Date

4-3-2012 11:20 AM

End Date

4-3-2012 11:40 AM

Description

The Southern Nevada Water Authority is planning to build a $7B system to withdraw groundwater from several valleys in Southeastern Nevada for use in Las Vegas. The system is planned to include 28 wells, five lift stations, and 300 miles of pipeline. It will cost $7B to construct over a period of 11 years. The project has been in the planning and approval stages for the past 18 years. A wide variety of ranchers, landowners, environmental advocacy groups, and other interested parties have opposed the project, citing negative long-term impacts resulting from the groundwater extraction. In the fall of 2011, a three-month-long hearing was held in Carson City, Nevada as part of the approval process for the project. In this presentation we will outline the technical arguments which were presented to the Nevada State Engineer both in favor and in opposition to the project and we will discuss the State Engineer’s ruling, which was released in late March of 2012.

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Apr 3rd, 11:20 AM Apr 3rd, 11:40 AM

Debating the Long-Term Impact of the Southern Nevada Pumping Project

ECC 305

The Southern Nevada Water Authority is planning to build a $7B system to withdraw groundwater from several valleys in Southeastern Nevada for use in Las Vegas. The system is planned to include 28 wells, five lift stations, and 300 miles of pipeline. It will cost $7B to construct over a period of 11 years. The project has been in the planning and approval stages for the past 18 years. A wide variety of ranchers, landowners, environmental advocacy groups, and other interested parties have opposed the project, citing negative long-term impacts resulting from the groundwater extraction. In the fall of 2011, a three-month-long hearing was held in Carson City, Nevada as part of the approval process for the project. In this presentation we will outline the technical arguments which were presented to the Nevada State Engineer both in favor and in opposition to the project and we will discuss the State Engineer’s ruling, which was released in late March of 2012.

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