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Preliminary deal reached on controversial aquifer

Published: Friday, Aug. 14 2009 12:26 a.m. MDT

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Let me be the first to say that this is a very bad deal for Utah.Everyone Utahn should be mad at this thing and get out and voice their concerns.This deal highly favors Nevada for all future water concerns and developement and will probably leave our beautiful Western desert nothing more than an ugly dust bowl.Ranchers will eventually be forced out and their water rights will be taken by Nevada.
I suspect 1 of 2 people are being paid under the table in Utah for this lousy deal to even be considered.

Unfaiar plan

Auqafirs should have a limit on how far water can be piped to other users. Then what about other states and cities that this auqafirs provide for? The over development of cities beyond their local water supplies does not justify their actions to steal it from other city's and inhabitants.

Living and developing within the resources of a city should be cause to limit development and stop this madness going on in america. America is drying up its own resources and killing our ranchers and farmers and putting our food supply out of business. We need safe food more than we need development. And why don't the business and water mongers move closer to their supplies of water? These auqafirs belong to the closest users and not others living hundreds or thousands of miles away.

Look at what California has done to its people and the severe drought they are suffering from now. They have no other place to steal water from now and all their best laid plans are falling apart. Unlike many other eastern states that have larger water resources, these desert states are limited and should act and behave within reason and resources.

If 60% of the water originating

in Nevada gives them a claim on the ground water. What claims do Nevada and California have on the Colorado river water? How much of that water orginates in Nevada or California? How much originates in Colorado or Utah?


The people in Utah had better wake up and protect their water. The world is getting hotter and dryer and we need water for food production not another golf course in Los Vegas. If they need/want more water let them make better use of what they have.


Have you ever been to Snake Valley? I have, at least a half-a-dozen times in my life. The Deep Creek Mountains are higher than any mountain along the Wasatch Front. It has native trout in many streams that flow year round coming Eastward from the mountains.

NONE of the water underground should go to Nevada. If the aquafer is on the Utah side, it should remain in Utah. The supposed wisdom of splitting the baby in half will kill the baby.

A good share of the water Las Vegas now uses comes from Utah. And yet Las Vegas uses a lion's share of that water! Let's take that water and split it 50-50!!!

Allowing the pipeline to be built is allowing Utah water to go to Nevada–plain & simple. Squash the pipeline! (I know that the pipeline is a 'job maker'. But it is also a 'water taker' - which is WRONG)!

Pipe the water from the Sierra Nevadas! Much of the water originates in Nevada there. Get it before it gets to California!!!

pointless diversion

we're just diverting the damage to 10 years from now. by then vegas will really need the water and there will be no stopping it then.


Wow, Nevada made out like a bandit in this deal. One look at the map and you can see that way less than 50% of Snake Valley lies in Nevada. How did the Utah negotiators let the Nevada negotiators rob them blind on this.

Have we learned nothing?

Communities--like individuals--should live within their means, when it comes to money and water. Is there any doubt this agreement will lead to the piping of water to Las Vegas in 10 years? The delay for "study" is such a transparent attempt to make this water theft more palatable.

Water is our most valuable resource. While prospects exist to develop alternative energy, there are none to develop alternative water. It is very short-sighted to give up our water like this.

"Can't drink dollars"?!

Nor can you drink (or use) water that has been piped to Vegas!

Wake up, Utah!!!

Las Vegan

Hey Utah-
Thanks for rolling over and playing dead! Now we can steal your water with impunity!


It is time for Nevada and Las Vegas to understand that maintaining the city is unsustainable. they should deal with their own water issues and not steal the neighbors. There is no difference between a horse theif and a water theif.


They're not "stealing it" if Utah officials are letting them have it!

Let the governor and/or head of the Utah Division of Natural Resources know this is NOT acceptable!


As a native Nevadan, and a long time Utah resident this deal hurts in many ways. First of all, LV should not get any water from the Sierra Nevadas, that is essential for No. Nevada and parts of Northern CA. In case anyone thinks that the residents of the Snake Valley are going to side with LV just because they all live in Nevada, well, the reality is Southern Nevada is like a whole different state, the proverbial 800 lb. gorilla. Maybe the Southern Nv. politicians should be dropped off in Baker NV with nothing but a smile and see how far that gets them with all the good old ranchers in the valley. Boycott Vegas!


I'm sad for Utah and their obediance to the almighty dollar and their willingness to sell out the interests of their citizens.

This decision is wrong. There is no good future outcomes for the citizens of Snake Valley and for Utah as a whole.

Governor Herbert's first act should be to not sign this proposal. It should drag out in court. Let Nevada get their water for greed living elsewhere.


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Nevada is the driest state in the US, Utah is the second driest state. Utah would be selling its most limited and most precious resource to Nevada under the Snake Valley Agreement. It saddens me to see our state surrendering its limited valuable resource and sovereignty to another state that will set a bad precedent. The limited water is worth more that gold or oil. Both states are currently experiencing serious drought. Additional hydrological studies on the availability of water must be completed before signing of the agreement, and agreement should not be signed on a best guess estimate. The response of "we won't know how much water is available until we start pumping" is a very dangerous and unacceptable answer. This could be a case of "environmental racism". I encourage the public to notify the Governor to take a very hard look and consider the serious consequences before signing the UT/NV agreement.

Marian Fowden

As I understood from the public meeting today, this whole agreement supposes that there is a certain amount of "excess" water in the Snake Valley - water left over after all the current users take what they need. The amount of "excess" water is in question, amounts from 107,000 to 132,000 acre feet per year. This plan has been discussed for 20 years now. Let's just take a very conservative number, say 100,000 AFY. If there was really that much "Excess" water each year for the last 20 years, why is the Snake Valley still a desert? With that much excess water, why isn't it a swamp? To say there is that much water that can be siphoned off without being noticed, it's just not logical!

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