Its bizarre to me what the federal government decides to protect and what it
doesn't. The feds are choosing (as per Harry Reid)to turn BOTH Snake
Valley and eastern Nevada into another Death Valley dustbowl; although during
last week's fire in Skull Valley, the firefighters weren't even
allowed to bulldoze a strip wide enough to make a firebreak!!There
is such a thing as "capacity" for places like Vegas due to limited
resources (water).They're all used up!!Besides,
pretty much every state in the nation now has gambling, with some states
rivaling what Vegas is doing.Sending water to Vegas will turn out to
be the greatest ecological mistake we've made this century!
I am sorry to tell you the decision DOES NOT SPARE SNAKE VALLEY or its water.
The water grabbers simply left Snake Valley off its environmental study request.
However, the pipe can carry 114,000 cfs and the area involved in the EIS can
provide about 78,000 cfs of water, with the remaining capacity reserved for
future consideration of Snake Valley. In this use, "future" means
"as soon as us protesters die off." On the other hand, the USGS did a
study of groundwater flows in the valleys affected and they are all
interconnected. So there may never be a need to ask for permission to pump in
Snake Valley, they may just suck it dry from the adjacent Spring Valley pretty
Pumping water out of the Snake Valley to ship to Vegas is a fools errand. It
cost to much money to pump it and will ruin that area forever.