Developer Seeks Rural Nevada Water for $30 Billion Project

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Wealthy Reno businessman and powerbroker Harvey Whittemore urged the state water engineer on
Monday to approve his plans to pump rural Nevada water to a huge,
$30 billion development he's building about 50 miles north of Las Vegas.

While critics questioned whether Lake Valley would dry up when groundwater is pumped from there more than 100 miles south to Whittemore's Coyote Springs project, Whittemore said he's being "extraordinarily conservative" to ensure that doesn't happen.

The federal government, which controls most of the land in Lake Valley, already has dropped its opposition to Whittemore's plan to send up to 12,000 acre-feet of water a year to Coyote Springs. That
occurred after Whittemore agreed to an elaborate monitoring plan to
ensure that BLM resources in the valley wouldn't be harmed.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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