September 22, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Nevada is feeling stung by Utah's rejection of a landmark water-sharing agreement.
The top official for the Southern Nevada Water Authority tells The Associated Press that Utah lost credibility with its wholesale rejection of four years of negotiation. Pat Mulroy says it put Utah in a bad place.
Even Gov. Gary Herbert's advisers say he made a bad decision last month. The Utah Water Development Commission is calling on Herbert to reverse course and salvage an agreement.
The deal could allow Las Vegas to pump massive amounts of groundwater from Snake Valley, which straddles both states. Yet officials say it tilted heavily in Utah's favor by protecting an ice-age aquifer. It suspended any pumping for the first 10 years, and would have stopped any withdrawals that lowered Snake Valley's groundwater.
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