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Published: Thursday, Aug. 4 2011 8:11 p.m. MDT

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DDH
Adelaide, South Australia

How long will Las Vegas continue on this unsustainable path of development? It is a city which shows little reason for its initial existence, and shows even less merit for continued pattern of growth. It is an artificially created urban environment, smack in the middle of one of the driest deserts on earth. Why should other communities upstream and downstream, both in Nevada and interstate, be forced to compromise their survivability, so the water show at the Bellagio and all the yards and golf courses in Summerlin can stay green? Las Vegas is an unnecessary proverbial leach of one of the worlds most precious resources.
It is high time that the Mayor of Las Vegas and the Governor start looking at the long term effects that Las Vegas is having upon surrounding communities and states. If the city of Las Vegas is going to continue, then it needs to look into other options. If you want to continue to be an oasis in the desert, how about taking some pointers from the folks in Abu Dhabi and Dubai?

10CC
Bountiful, UT

The Great Basin is one of the largest deserts in the world. In many of the basins is a soil type known as "talc" that is incredibly fine and prone to become dust if exposed. This is certainly true of both the Snake and Spring valleys, to anyone who has visited these areas The foliage that exists in these basins keep talc from becoming airborne in mass quantities. The ecological balance in the Great Basin is quite delicate. Hydrologists are unable to accurately predict how falling water tables will impact what surface foliage does exist.

The potential for adverse amounts of fine particulates being dispersed in Wasatch front valleys from dust storms is significant.

This is a terrible idea.

My2Cents
Kearns, UT

I think its about time that Nevada reevaluate the real needs of its citizens rather than financial profit for the casino's. Las Vegas and its glory days seem to have become irrelevent and on itw way in to decline so any efforts to salvage a city for only industry of entertainment must be put on restrictions to prepare for more recessions and loss of revenue from that city.

People are running out of money for entertainment, especially where mulct thousand of dollars are required for entertainment in Las Vegas. These other areas of the state have full rights of resources underground and below ground. What Las Vegas is attempting it like they go around the state and put a claim on all the gold and gold mines as assets and property of Las Vegas. Assets and rights of a city should be limited to its city limits and not the state of Nevada or Utah or any other state.

county mom
Monroe, UT

Water rights in Utah are mostly owned by individuals the state it self has very few in comparison. The Federal government owns no water rights and legally can not. The taking of water from these other valleys in Utah and Nevada border is thieft. Water is measured by Arce-feet and it is not the same from year to year. Drought and flood change the amount. Durring a drought year will the city use less? I think not, they will steal from the farmers and ranchers and continue to use as much as possible. Once the straw is in the cup who is to stop them from sucking it dry?

dalefarr
South Jordan, Utah

Meanwhile, back at the Utah ranch, our state government stays out of the Nevada State Engineer fight and does not comment on the BLM draft EIS. Looks like Utah's most precious resource is not all that important to the Governor unless it is flowing to Wasatch Front money.

Owl
Salt Lake City, UT

Taking water from Utah to lubricate the glitz of Las Vegas is unthinkable. It must be stopped at ever level. Hopefully Governor Herbert will be clear in his objection at the proper time. Right now it is a bad idea that is just being aired. The light of common sense should make it whiter like a noxious weed.

DeltaFoxtrot
West Valley, UT

Utah just needs to stand up for its own rights, but Vegas has money... and we know money controls the government.

Hawkyo
SYRACUSE, UT

Vegas is a vampire sucking the life blood from smaller communities all around it. There is no good reason to let such things happen. Vegas is an affront to all that is good. I know there are good people living there, but to quote Shakespeare, "the evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interred with their bones," Vegas is not worth the risk to the ecology of the surrounding areas. Leave the water to the people who work the land, not glut themselves on the weaknesses of others!

scratch
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

i was perched atop 13,000 foot wheeler peak, looking east into the wah wah valley of millard county. the wah wah is much a much smaller valley than is the snake and contains much less ground cover. 25 mph southerly winds had raised a dust cloud miles long, and 100s of feet high. where was the dust headed? look at your maps, wasatch-fronters. just think of all that particulate matter, much of it deleterious to you, your kids, your elderly. imagine how much more you'll get when las vegas eventually dries up the snake valley. oh my hades, who needs a long healthy life, anyway? it's okay tho, money is at stake and i know how important money is to you. why you'll even let rio tinto(nee kennecott)introduce more poisons into your air so that you may have newer cars, bigger homes, the american dream. fine with me, i'll be seeing you so much the sooner. i don't need to huff and puff, you'll blow your own house down. mine is such an easy job!

ole scratch

downsouth
Summit, UT

How far from vegas is lake Tahoe? go there for your water.

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