Nevada Ag board opposes Vegas water pipeline plan

Sep 2 2011 - 9:56am

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- The Nevada state Board of Agriculture is opposing a Southern Nevada Water Authority plan to pump millions of gallons of water from eastern Nevada and pipe it to Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas Sun reports (http://bit.ly/qgDlfB ) the board agreed to send a letter of opposition to federal Bureau of Land Management officials considering allowing the pipeline to cross federal land on a 285-mile route from White Pine and Lincoln counties to Clark County.

State agriculture chief Jim Barbee says a unanimous vote Tuesday in Reno cited the impact on agriculture in rural Nevada.

The BLM is taking public comments until October before issuing a final environmental report.

State Engineer Jason King begins hearings Sept. 26 on a water authority application for water rights in Nevada near the Utah state line.

 

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