Comments about ‘Meetings set on analysis probing Snake Valley pipeline’

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Published: Thursday, July 14 2011 11:45 p.m. MDT

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CARL
South Salt Lake, UT

It shows that dust storms will increase if we allow Las Vegas to draw down the waters from Snake Valley. Most of them will decrease the air quality of Salt Lake-Provo Metro. We should be alarmed when Nevada Water Right Board granted the pumping rights.

March Hare
Clearfield, UT

It is going to have to take an extremely powerful argument for me to ever consider supporting such action. Yes I live out that way, but further north, yes I use water in what I do but I return virtually all water back to the watertable where I get it clean and unchanged.
I would put this 'Theft' of water in the same as horse stealing of foregone years. to take that water for the benefit of another locarion where it will feed -maybe- another aquifer hopefully as clean as when it was taken just seems to be morally wrong. Put me on the side of the locals of the area that call the surounding area home. If Vegas wants more water let them pass ordances to collect the rainwater off the roofs of buildings as is done in the Bahamas. So says I

Yeah but
South Jordan, UT

The Wasatch Front is already regularly impacted by dust blowing in from south and west of Utah County. This proposal will only aggravate that. Have we, as a nation, not learned from the Owens Lake fiasco that man-made dust bowls are not only possible they are terrible. I have seen cars, yards, gardens, cropland - all buried by blowing dust from that site in California. There are pictures of Owens Lake dust blowing down the San Joaquin Valley. Is that what we want in this valley?

Although people who don't live along the Wasatch Front are just as deserving of protection from the consequences of this proposed action, it has been my sad experience that people along the Wasatch Front generally don't want to get involved fighting stupidity like this unless they perceive that it will impact their own self-centered lives. Well, folks, you better pull you heads out of the sand (or dust, as it were) - or else that's exactly what they will be buried in forever. Once the existing habitat is destroyed, it's destroyed. It will never come back, and you and your children forever will be paying for your inaction today.

DEW
Sandy, UT

confused here! Lake Mead, not enough water to feed LV and their Strip area? Why not get water from western Nev side along the Seirra Mountain? What more do they want? This southern Neveda is a deseret and should stay that way.

justamacguy
Manti, UT

The BLM is worried about emotional impacts to residents? That's a new one. Why don't they do that in counties where they want to participate with SUWA in decimating local economies with wilderness? The fact is, if Vegas can buy the water rights, it is their water. Just as any other person or entity purchases water rights. A second fact is that water always flows toward money.

VST
Bountiful, UT

It is interesting that a lot of entities have filed legal protests against this proposed pipeline plan with the Nevada State Engineer - not just the "tree-huggers." The list is impressive:

- Nye and White Pine Counties in Nevada
- Inyo County California
- Juab, Millard, and Salt Lake Counties in Utah
- The Goshute, Ely, Elko, and Duckwater Shoshone Tribes
- Nevada Farm Bureau
- Nevada Department of Wildlife
- Several Nevada Towns and Cities
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
- U.S. Department of Interior National Park Service
- U.S. Department of Interior Fish & Wildlife Service
- The LDS Church

Along with this latest BLM Environmental Impact Statement, I am convinced this pipeline will never be built. Even if the Nevada State Engineer approves the application, it will then be tied up in the Courts for a very long time. It would be prudent for Las Vegas to seek different approach to solve their water problems because this one is not going anywhere.

lindaj
Salt Lake City, UT

The drawdown is estimated at more like 100' for sure than 10' in the BLM document, and there is an interesting quote of the Water Company that says not only will the vegetation die, they are "planning on" that and expecting to be able to take more water because there will be no "evaporative transpiration" water loss. That means the moisture that comes out of plant leaves... The SNWA, the water authority thinks it is ok to destroy every living thing in all those valleys so "Las Vegas can grow." The dust will blow from southwest toward northeast, it will come in to SLC and most of the state south of SLC. It comes from the nuclear test areas and everywhere else which will have no plants to stop the blowing. We saw pictures of that last month in Phoenix, different cause but same result.

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