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  • dustman Nampa, ID
    April 1, 2013 4:18 p.m.

    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.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    April 1, 2013 3:28 p.m.

    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 reason prevail.

  • Demo Dave Holladay, UT
    April 1, 2013 2:05 p.m.

    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!

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    April 1, 2013 7:56 a.m.

    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!

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    April 1, 2013 7:51 a.m.

    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.