Also makes you wonder how much water the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute and
Skull Valley Goshute will get to retain. Hopefully those tribes got their water
rights quantified before the states of Utah and Nevada make a deal. Because if
they didn't get a quantification, NV and UT will have to start all over
until the federal reserve for reservations get settled.
With climate change, nobody knows exactly how the Great Basin and Snake Valley
water tables will change, but they could quite easily drop and water sources
become even more constrained, as Cecil Garland has observed. This
entire project could backfire, from the Las Vegas perspective, and could really
become a problem for Utah if the Snake Valley loses more foliage and the fine
talc dirt is allowed to become airborne dust. Having been to the Snake Valley
many times, if the sage brush and other foliage diminish, we down-winders will
be in serious trouble.Vegas should jump on California's
desalinization efforts and begin importing water from the Pacific Ocean. We
know with a high degree of certainty that ocean levels are rising, Pacific water
won't ever be a constrained resource.Cecil Garland was a loud
and clear voice of reason when the MX-Missile project was proposed in the 1970s,
and when the LDS church opposed the project, it was effectively ended, and the
anticipated Soviet threat disappeared. Garland was correct then,
and he's correct now - this project needs to be halted! Let
The Governor needs to do the right thing by not allowing the transfer of Snake
Valley water to Nevada. To do so would result in a permanent and devastating
ecological and economic disaster for the Snake Valley and its residents, both
animal and human. We can no longer afford to make rash and arbitrary
decisions when it comes to the state of our fragile environment and our
dwindling natural resources. Clean water is a finite resource,
especially in the arid west, and it must be guarded and protected.
Do the right thing, Governor. Don't send Snake Valley water to Nevada!
Mr. Garland has it right, piping water to Vegas from the Snake Valley aquifer is
a fools errand. Water does not flow downhill in the west, it flows towards
money. Follow the money!
MONEY will ultimately decide this issue. And Las Vegas has plenty of that. Not
much of anything else worthwhile, but PLENTY of money. The amount of water
already being totally wasted down there is mind boggling. Kind of reminds me of
Congress and their waste of dollars.