SALT LAKE CITY -- Tribal and farm representatives say they're worried about the future of plant and animal life if a planned water pipeline from Utah to Las Vegas moves forward.
The comments came Thursday at a Bureau of Land Management public hearing in Salt Lake City. BLM is considering whether to grant Southern Nevada Water Authority the rights to pump groundwater from basins in Utah and Nevada.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/orCKbG) Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon raised concerns about pollution on the Wasatch Front. The BLM's environmental analysis indicates the pumping project could add 24,122 tons of windblown dust a year during the project's first 75 years.
Southern Nevada Water Authority says the project will cost $3.5 billion and run about 300 miles across the two states.