Ruling on Pumping Rural Nevada Water to Vegas Faces Court Challenge

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Opponents of a state decision to allow
6.1 billion gallons of water a year to be pumped from three rural Nevada valleys and piped to Las Vegas say they're going to court to
challenge the decision.

Representatives of the Great Basin Water Network and other groups and individuals opposed to the Southern Nevada Water Authority pumping plan say the pumping from Delamar, Dry Lake and Cave valleys would be excessive.

Their court petition says state Engineer Tracy Taylor overestimated the amount of water that can be drawn from the valleys, didn't evaluate impacts on existing water rights and the environment, and didn't reserve enough groundwater for future economic development in the valleys.

In a related case, two Utah counties filed an appeal challenging Taylor's decision to limit their involvement in a late-2009 hearing on SNWA plans to tap 16 billion gallons of groundwater a year in Snake Valley, on the Nevada-Utah border.

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

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