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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 Southern Nevada Water Authority's "water grab" in Nevada and Utah as well as other "mega" water projects that threaten the Great Basin and/or the Colorado River system. [Note: Stories open in new browser window]

08/ 2018 — Water Grab Opponents Declare Victory — Nevada State Engineer Rejects SNWA’s Water Applications — GBWN

November 17, 2018 — Arizona is on the brink of setting off another Colorado River water warOpinion: Arizona loses every time it blunders into a Colorado River war, Bruce Babbitt says. We cannot do that this time with the Drought Contingency Plan — azcentral.com

November 16, 2018 — Major Colorado River water user floats Arizona drought plan — FLAGSTAFF, Ariz: A major Colorado River water user has proposed an interim plan for Arizona as the state faces looming a looming deadline to manage expected shortages. The Central Arizona Project board said its proposal could jumpstart talks after previous ones failed to gain consensus among water users — AP [Related Story — azcentral.com]

November 15, 2018 — Southern Nevada Water Authority board OKs Colorado River drought plan as Arizona, Colorado focus on resolving internal issues — The Southern Nevada Water Authority board approved a seven-state Colorado River drought plan Thursday morning, making Nevada the first state to sign off on the proposal to prevent drastic shortages across the Southwest as the river is strained by drought and overuse. The vote was 6-0. Gov.-elect Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commission chairman and a board member, was absent because he had to leave for another meeting — thenevadaindependent.com

November 2, 2018 — As shortages loom in the Colorado River basin, Indian Tribes seek to secure their water rights — As the Colorado River Basin becomes drier and shortage conditions loom, one great variable remains: How much of the river’s water belongs to Native American tribes? — watereducation.org

October 30, 2018 — Three Things To Know About Colorado River Plans In The Works — Water managers along the Colorado River are trying to figure out how to live with less. Climate change is growing the gap between the river’s supply, and the demands in the communities that rely on it, including seven western U.S. states and Mexico. The federal government recently released proposals called Drought Contingency Plans designed to keep the Colorado River’s biggest reservoirs from falling to levels where water is unable to be sent through the dams that hold up Lakes Powell and Mead — kunc.org

October 29, 2018 — The precarious plan for the Lake Powell Pipeline — Nearly a decade ago, Gabriel Lozada, a man with a wiry frame and waves of steel-gray hair who looks exactly like the mathematician he is, set out to answer what he thought was a relatively simple question: Could Utah’s proposed Lake Powell Pipeline — a plan to ferry Colorado River water to southern Utah — live up to the state’s rosy forecasts of growth and prosperity? Or was it more likely to tank the economy of a small but lively retirement community in the southwestern Utah desert? — hcn.org

October 25, 2018 — Explainer: Dry Gleaning — There’s a gush of water news, most of it bad — knpr.org

October 16, 2018 — Colorado River Reservoirs Start Water Year At Lowest Point in 40 Years — Key reservoirs along the Colorado River are collectively at their lowest point at the start of a new water year since the last one filled nearly 40 years ago. As of Oct. 1 reservoirs that store the Colorado River’s water are at just under 47 percent of their capacity, according to recently released data from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Put another way: Reservoirs that provide water to 40 million people and irrigate 5.5 million acres of farmland in the southwest are less than half full — azpm.org

October 10, 2018 — Utah just experienced its driest year since scientists have kept records — Since official weather records have been kept, Utah has never experienced a year with as little precipitation as it did in 2018 and only one previous year registered higher average temperatures — sltrib.com

October 10, 2018 — Western states release proposed agreements for drought-stricken Colorado River — States that rely on the shrinking supply of water from the Colorado River have released drafts of a set of agreements intended to prevent reservoirs on the river from falling to perilously low levels — azcentral.com

October 09, 2018 — California, 6 Other States Agree to Colorado River Management Plan Amid Unprecedented Drought — Seven Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the overtaxed Colorado River have reached landmark agreements on how to manage the waterway amid an unprecedented drought, including a commitment by California to bear part of the burden before it is legally required to do so, officials said Tuesday — ktla.com

October 09, 2018 — I-Team: Ex-water district employee pleads guilty to mail fraud and tax evasion — www.lasvegasnow.com

October 09, 2018 — PRESS RELEASE: Without Glen Canyon Dam Removal, Today’s Announced ‘Drought Contingency Plan’ is a Lost Cause — savethecolorado.org

October 08, 2018 — In Colorado, Water Bosses Begin to Accept Climate Change Impacts — VAIL, COLORADO – The phrase “climate change” did not appear on the agenda of a recent three-day meeting of the Colorado Water Congress, but the topic was often front and center at the conference, as it increasingly is at water meetings around the state and the region — newsdeeply.com

October 05, 2018 — The country’s cheapest water is in the West’s driest cities — By charging more for nonessential gallons, cities could keep water affordable for everyone — hcn.org

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