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Leave the water of the Great Basin IN the Great Basin

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Originally Posted: August 17, 2012

Leave the water of the Great Basin IN the Great Basin

FROM Center for Biological Diversity

ACTION

Take action below to tell Interior Secretary Ken Salazar that there are better options for Las Vegas than stealing the heart of the Great Basin.

The pipeline would drain more than 37 billion gallons of water a year and export it to the driest desert in North America, sucking away the lifeblood of a wild area the size of Vermont. Greater sage grouse, Bonneville cutthroat trout, pronghorn and elk would suffer. Fourteen types of desert fish and 25 species of springsnails could die out completely.

Sign an online petition (copy/paste URL into your browser):
http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=11352

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

Ken Salazar
Secretary of the Interior
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street N.W.
Washington DC 20240
phone (202) 208-3100
fax (202) 208-6950
feedback@ios.doi.gov

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

The damage from this level of groundwater mining is unacceptable: Water tables would drop up to 200 feet, and 137,000 acres of prime Great Basin shrub land would dry up along with more than 3,600 acres of wetlands. More than 70 springs and 140 miles of perennial streams would be reduced to a trickle, in some cases disappearing completely.

The toll on species would be just as devastating -- 14 desert fishes, such as Moapa dace and least chubs, and 25 species of rare Great Basin springsnails would almost certainly go extinct. Imperiled greater sage grouse, pronghorns and elk would also face widespread suffering.

Shockingly, in its own water-resources reports, the Southern Nevada Water Authority has admitted that enhanced conservation can increase Las Vegas' water supply by an amount greater than the pipeline.


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