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One of the most interesting case studies in water use, management, recreation and conservation … presenting headlines and resources for those interested in learning about water in Las Vegas and Southern Nevada.

Las Vegas Water Tour

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Hoover Dam

Wetlands Park in Las Vegas

Las Vegas’ Springs Preserve

Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument

Cornerstone Park (Henderson, Nevada)

Las Vegas’ Old Fort State Historic Park

Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort, the first permanent, non-native settlement in the Las Vegas Valley, features the historic remains of an adobe fort built by Mormon missionaries along a spring-fed creek in 1855. The creek, the only free-flowing water for miles around, provided irrigation for fields and orchards and the 150 square foot outpost served as a way station for travelers. Today the park is located in what is now Downtown Las Vegas. In addition to the fort, which contains a multitude of historic artifacts, a Visitor Center contains exhibits and photos that illustrate the history of the site.

Water Series

Recommended Listening
IndyMatters Episode 65: Whiskey is for drinking; water is for (not) fighting over

https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/indymatters-snwa-chief-talks-colorado-river-pipeline-need-for-changes-to-nevada-water-law

Headlines
Las Vegas Isn’t the Water Spendthrift You Think It Is@AuthenticVegas
Bellagio Fountains Aren’t Sipping City Supply

Buzzword Bingo
Agua – Basin – Center for Biological Diversity – Drainage – Flash Flood – Flood – Flooding – Fountains – Golf – Groundwater – Hoover Dam – Lake Mead – Lake Sahara – Misting – Monsoon – Moratorium – Mormon Fort – Paiute – Dam – Pipeline – Pittman Wash – Rain – Rainfall – River – Southern Nevada Water Authority – Springs – Storm – Wash – WaterWeir – Wetlands – Wetlands Park

Headlines
https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/not-much-snow-is-falling-in-the-west-what-a-grim-snowpack-means-for-nevadas-water-supply
https://www.newsdeeply.com/water/articles/2017/10/12/why-southern-nevada-is-fighting-to-build-a-250-mile-water-pipeline
https://knpr.org/knpr/2017-09/new-springs-preserve-attraction-boils-down-story-water
https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/local-las-vegas/fall-watering-restrictions-begin-in-las-vegas-valley
https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/science-and-technology/water-authority-to-fund-conservation-work-in-mexico/
http://grist.org/cities/longtime-vegas-water-czar-warns-other-cities-to-brace-for-climate-change
https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/local-las-vegas/las-vegas-valley-water-district-among-nations-best-audit-shows

Channel 8
The 8 News NOW I-Team worked on a television special titled “Crossfire: Water, Power, and Politics.” This was an in-depth examination of how Las Vegas growth is going to affect vast areas of the American Southwest. Rural Nevada is facing two dramatic challenges, both of which are directly related to our community’s relentless growth. This documentary was honored with the 2008 Peabody Award and NATAS Emmy Award for Documentaries. One proposal would siphon billions of gallons of water from environmentally-sensitive but politically weak rural counties. At the same time, plans are moving forward to build three, massive coal-fired power plants in the same areas. Most rural residents believe their land, their air and their way of life are threatened by both. Las Vegas leaders say the economy of the entire state could collapse if the plans are thwarted. No matter which side is right, our state will never be the same. Every resident, every business, whether urban or rural, has a direct stake in the outcome. The issues involved are the most important of our time; global warming, conservation, growth, sustainability, economic justice versus economic realities, how to plan for the future. The decisions made in the next few years will affect the lives of millions of people for the next century and beyond, so it’s important to get it right. The I-Team has been working on the story for more than five years. The program included interviews with all sides — elected officials in Las Vegas and the rural residents, environmentalists, scientists, ranchers, business owners, energy executives, water experts, Native Americans, proponents, opponents, and our political analyst Jon Ralston, who helped sort it all out.

Shows
owater management

Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA)
https://www.snwa.com
https://www.snwa.com/water-quality/reports/index.html
Operating and Capital Budget 2018 (PDF)

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Southern Nevada Water Authority Major Construction and Capital Plan May 2015 (PDF)
@SNWA_H2O

Las Vegas Wash
The Las Vegas Wash is the final link in the Las Vegas Valley’s water supply, an “urban river” carrying more than 185 million gallons of water daily to Lake Mead.
https://www.lvwash.org
https://www.lvwash.org/html/what_visit_trails.html
https://www.lvwash.org/html/being_done_stabilization_recyclinghistory.html
https://www.facebook.com/LVWash
https://www.snwa.com/environment/las-vegas-wash/index.html

Lower Las Vegas Wash Trail
https://www.railstotrails.org/trailblog/2015/april/10/nevada-s-lower-las-vegas-wash-trail
https://www.traillink.com/trail/lower-las-vegas-wash-trail

Upper Las Vegas Wash Trail
https://www.yelp.com/biz/upper-las-vegas-wash-trail-north-las-vegas
https://www.traillink.com/trail/upper-las-vegas-wash-trail

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Water Pipeline Lawsuit
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Judge-sends-Vegas-water-pipeline-plan-back-to-11956612.php
http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2017/nevada-groundwater-08-24-2017.php
https://www.courthousenews.com/environmentalists-fight-giant-water-project-las-vegas
https://www.nativetimes.com/current-news/14719-las-vegas-water-pipeline-fight-to-go-before-federal-judge
http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2017/las-vegas-water-pipeline-07-28-2017.php

The Center for Biological Diversity presented oral arguments Monday in U.S. District Court in a case that could decide whether a massive water pipeline to Las Vegas can be built. The Center argued that the Southern Nevada Water Authority’s $15.5 billion groundwater development project violates federal environmental laws and would endanger wildlife, public lands and rural communities. The case is being heard together with a second lawsuit brought by White Pine County, the Great Basin Water Network, American Indian tribes and other groups.

The Center for Biological Diversity and others want the federal court to stop the Bureau of Land Management from approving local plans to build a 263-mile water pipeline to Las Vegas. Monday’s hearing involved several motions for summary judgments, including dismissal.

The $15.5 billion project would siphon more than 7.8 billion gallons of precious groundwater each year from public lands in the eastern Nevada desert, pumping it more than 250 miles south to metropolitan Las Vegas.

The proposed pipeline would traverse White Pine, Lincoln and Clark counties in east central Nevada. Each year it would pump and send 83,988 acre-feet of groundwater from the Spring, Delmar, Dry Lake and Cave valleys in east central Nevada to the Southern Nevada Water Authority’s facilities in Las Vegas.

An acre-foot is enough water to cover 1 acre 1 foot deep. City planners estimate that a typical suburban household uses one acre-foot of water a year.

http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/where-the-water-goes

lvvwd.com@lvvwd

“The Southern Nevada Water Authority, speaking for Las Vegas, thinks the solution lies beneath four valleys in Eastern Nevada, with a multibillion dollar pipeline that would pump valley water into Las Vegas. The plan sounds sensible to most business owners and developers in Las Vegas and surrounding Clark County, but Nevadans further east, particularly farmers and ranchers, fear the project would deplete already scarce resources, threatening their way of life.” – Jim Malewitz, More Water for Las Vegas Means More Resentment in Rural Areas

The Federal government has warned that water could run out for the city by 2025. More recently, researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography said there was a 50 percent chance that Lake Mead, which supplies Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego with water, could run dry by 2021.

Related:
http://www.npr.org/2011/04/11/135241362/the-worldwide-thirst-for-clean-drinking-water
http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/water-environment/return-flows-deserve-all-credit-las-vegas-water-supply
Water isn’t a worry when it comes to Las Vegas growth@J_Robison1

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/08/28/california-drought-las-vegas-water-conservation/71288822
https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/local-las-vegas/follow-a-gallon-of-water-from-lake-mead-to-a-las-vegas-tap/

Water Pipeline
Lake Mead sinks to a record low
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/55538357-78/decision-nevada-blm-groundwater.html.csp
http://www.snwa.com/about/news_groundwater_project_rod.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10932785/The-race-to-stop-Las-Vegas-from-running-dry.html
http://www.snwa.com/about/news_conservation_response_telegraph.html

Water Waste
Clark County ranks high on new ‘water hogs’ list
http://dontbeadrip.org@CenterForBioDiv

Invasive Species
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamarix

Lake Las Vegas
Lake Las Vegas, long viewed as a bust, is rebounding

Water Wasters
http://www.8newsnow.com/story/25556200/i-team-exposes-las-vegas-valleys-biggest-water-users
Interactive Map of The Valley’s Top Water Users

Watering
https://www.lvvwd.com/conservation/mandatory-watering-schedule/index.html
http://maps.cityofhenderson.com/public/wgroups/wgroups.html

Resorts

Planeta.com

Turning the Tide: Water in the Desert

Las Vegas

Clark County, Nevada

Nevada

Water

Weir

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