The fight for water: Nevada taps Lake Mead and hunts for 'Utah' water

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  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    May 16, 2012 7:54 a.m.

    It's unfortunate, but politics rears it's head again. Many of the American people are wasteful, ungrateful and abuse privileges that are precious. Many of the basic blessings of water, road, fuel, food are taken for granted and when their use becomes limited the "big guns" spring forward and force the hand of those in charge. We need to be more responsible and grateful for the use of water, fuel. Unfortunately it takes something like the present situation to wake a lot of people up and it forces them to rethink what is the most important issue: water for a green lawn or water to survive. It's going to get to that point if Americans don't stop misusing what we have and start being conservative for their families sake.....for all the families. This is not the last we will hear about this...NOW is the time to start conserving what we have.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    May 15, 2012 9:53 p.m.

    Money is just to enticing when it is presented on a silver and gold platter from Las Vegas. Water rights away from the Colorado compact is what Las Vegas wheelers and dealers are looking for. In this case they are also looking at taking a larger piece of the pie. This will go on for years but finally someone will give in, if the courts don't do it first.

  • justired Fillmore, UT
    May 15, 2012 8:51 p.m.

    I appreciate this series of articles, i've learned some things. The most important thing i've learned is that pat mulroy is an empire builder.

    i was in snake valley today, looking at the water situation. i predict that when the time comes to take the money, most of those ranchers will take it, just like the farmers did in delta for ipp.

  • twells Ogden, UT
    May 15, 2012 12:18 p.m.

    We live in a desert. Yet, our elcected officials continue to encourage growth. Twenty years ago there was discussion regarding the need to curtail growth. We all want what we want. City leaders are supposed to take a hard look at the needs of their cities and the projected water, and sewer demands. It seems city leaders want to encourage growth beyond the capacity our desert land has to offer. The basic needs for cities are simple. If there is no water there is no city. Yet, how much growth is enough? The scales have moved in the direction of not enough. No one wants to deny a person a place to live or a job of his or hers choosing yet we fail to deal in reality. Government officials seem to wear rose colored glasses when it comes to long term needs of their cities. The people are just as responsible. We left it up to the city leaders.

  • dalefarr South Jordan, Utah
    May 15, 2012 11:38 a.m.

    Meanwhile, our governor elected not to participate or oppose Nevada in its state engineer proceedings. He left the job to the Mormon church, local ranchers and the environmentalists. Where's the leadership? It's in Nevada.

  • Blue and White Provo, UT
    May 15, 2012 10:49 a.m.

    This is not going to end well for anyone except Las Vegas. As a small town farmer, I can tell you that there are already numerous issues involving water without Vegas bringing in the big guns to get what they want. I don't think it's right to take the water from people whose lives and jobs depend on it to throw it away to the casinos and fountains. It's hard enough to keep farms going as it is. A lot of people take agriculture for granted. If we lose our agriculture, people will lose a lot more than just jobs.

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    May 15, 2012 9:20 a.m.

    Water shortage is lamentable and Utah should aggressively address water conservation measures. That being said, Nevada's water problem should not become another states problem. Further desertification of Utah's arid counties and the resultant dust storms that will ultimately land along the Wasatch front are ample reasons to tell Nevada a non-negotiable "No." California is painfully learning to live within their financial means and Nevada must learn to live within their reasonable water supply. Turning Utah into a worse desert is not an option.

  • DEW Sandy, UT
    May 15, 2012 9:12 a.m.

    They want to get as much water they can get else where so they can play in this Lake Mead. I know it is part of Colorado River. Turn off your water fountains and no more watering green lawns and golf courses. You live in a desert just like in LA!

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    May 15, 2012 9:01 a.m.

    I sort of don't fault Nevada. They have learned from our State Legislature and legislators from the St. George and Southern Utah area how to do it by making a pipeline from Lake Powell to St. George or use the Green and Colorado River water for nuclear power plants. We helped show them the way. Las Vegas is another story with it's defaulting, etc. They will have population back and if they get the Utah water, some of the St. George Californian and Nevadans will move back to those places so the need will be less in St. George. The Virgin River is so low this year, it sounds like, that St. George will have fewer green golf courses and people will come to Salt Lake to golf during the summer months and even into the fall. Cycles of having water and drought come and go, with or without automobiles, electricity, and a lot of people breathing the oxygen. I have lived in plenty of places around the world and even Germany has water shortages before the Internet and a lot of automobiles. Life goes on and honesty and integrity for politicians who want votes goes on, also.

  • Old Timer the boonies, mexico
    May 15, 2012 8:18 a.m.

    Las Vegas is and was built in the desert(an arrid location). Why? because of it's climate year around, lax state laws regarding gaming, sex and whatever. Just come to the desert and go wild was the motto, you can do almost anything you want. The mafia loved the whole scenario and very quickly took and still manipulate policy there. Now they want unlimited growth and they don't have the resources. Boo hoo. Why was there not limited growth in the past as to resource availability? Just stop the growth and even consider downsizing Vegas or you will dry up and blow away! We are not sending you our natural resources for you future uncontrolled growth, none of us!

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    May 15, 2012 7:46 a.m.

    Las Vegas shows the worst part of humanity: over-consume your own resources then when you've done that, steal from your neighbor.
    Vegas needs to shut down their golf courses and casinos before they hit Snake Valley.

  • EdGrady Idaho Falls, ID
    May 15, 2012 7:39 a.m.

    Nobody forced these people to live in a desert. Quit wasting water in casino waterfalls and quit wasting water on Vegas golf courses. Nevada residents are just trying to shift their problems to other people.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    May 15, 2012 7:39 a.m.

    Or we could simply use our water WISELY. One example -- agricultural pivot sprinklers lose a minimum of 10% of their water through evaporation before it ever hits the ground. Another example - does Las Vegas really need all those fountains and water features in front of the casinos? Still another -- do all Utah yards have to be green?

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    May 15, 2012 6:38 a.m.

    I've been following this a few days now. One idea that seemed interesting is to take some water from the Yellowstone river that now ends up in the Mississippi river and build a canal to divert it to the Colorado river. This would allow Nevada to take more and perhaps other states too.

    In the early years of our country (circa early 1800's) they used to build canals all the time. If they could do it then, surely we can do it now.