Stop Wildlife-destroying Right-of-Way Application in Nevada

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Originally Posted: 22 November 2011

Stop Land- and Wildlife-destroying Right-of-Way Application in Nevada

FROM Center for Biological Diversity

ACTION

Tell Nevada's State Water Engineer to deny this application that will destroy eight thousand acres of wetlands, and 310 springs and 125 miles of perennial streams would be depleted or drained.

Sign an online petition:
http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=8811

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

Mr. Jason King
Nevada Division of Water Resources
901 S. Stewart Street, Suite 2002
Carson City, NV 89701
phone (775) 684-2800
fax (main) (775) 684-2811

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Ecosystems of Nevada and western Utah are under attack: The Southern Nevada Water Authority has submitted a right-of-way application to the Bureau of Land Management for a 300-mile pipeline to export more than 57 billion gallons of water a year from Great Basin aquifers. These aquifers were filled by ice sheets that melted 10,000 years ago; their water would go to Las Vegas, a city just over a century old trying to expand in the driest desert in North America.

The Center for Biological Diversity, along with its coalition partners in the Great Basin Water Network, successfully stripped the water authority of any rights to water for the pipeline, but the authority has reapplied. The decision to grant or deny the request is now before the state’s water engineer.

The proposed groundwater removal would be devastating. Water tables would drop by 200 feet, and 192,000-plus acres of prime Great Basin shrubland would be dried, destroyed and converted to dryland grasses and annuals. Eight thousand acres of wetlands would be destroyed, and 310 springs and 125 miles of perennial streams would be depleted or drained.

The toll on wildlife would also be staggering, and the extinction of some desert fish and springsnails is likely. The imperiled greater sage grouse, southwestern willow flycatcher and Columbia spotted frog would be hung out to dry, along with iconic species such as pronghorn and elk.

All of this is a needless waste of life. In its own water-resources reports, the Southern Nevada Water Authority admits it can increase supply through enhanced conservation by an amount greater than the pipeline would provide.

Jason King, the Nevada water engineer, needs to be told immediately that this pipeline is not an option. Please write to him today and tell your friends to do the same.


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