The Governor should have agreed to the deal. Conservationists say such an
arrangement would make Utah money and help solve Las Vegas' water woes
without developing a destructive groundwater pumping scheme. In the mid-1990s,
Utah's then-Gov. Mike Leavitt proposed as much, but the idea did not get
much traction among policy makers.That's narrow-mindedness, and
unfortunate for all involved.
The governor was foolish to veto the agreement with Nevada, which was hailed by
both West Desert ranchers and environmentalists, and it could jeopardize
Utah's own aims on the Colorado River, according to critics in the
water-development community. By failing to cooperate with an important neighbor,
Utah could sacrifice a positive tradition of bi-state cooperation and invite
trouble as it seeks to divert some of the Colorado to feed its own growing
desert metropolis.Conservationists say such an arrangement would
make Utah money and help solve Las Vegas' water woes without developing a
destructive groundwater pumping scheme. In the mid-1990s, Utah's then-Gov.
Mike Leavitt proposed as much, but the idea did not get much traction among
policy makers.That's narrow-mindedness.
Without adequate rain and snowfall in the proposed pumping areas to recharge the
groundwater being pumped away will result in irreparable environmental
destruction. The judge's decision is correct. To pump away water from
area without scientific information (recharge should equal discharge) is being
ignorant and not in the public's interest and sets a very bad precedent for
others to follow and jeopardizes the teaching of science.
@cjb.I'm no fan of Vegas, but truth be told they are one of the most
advanced water users/recyclers in the US, and actually return water to the
Colorado. Problem is there are too many people where the resources
to supply those people simple don't exist.Utah is going this
same direction as we continue to build willy nilly in dry places like Tickville,
now Eagle Mountain and landscape like we live in Washington State.The Judge made the right decision.
Given the fact they won't have enough water without harming the water
rights of others, they ought to consider migrating away from lawns and towards
native plants on their lawns. That alone would probably fix their water problem.
Agreed. See, DN, liberals and conservatives *can* agree on some issues.