CARSON CITY, Nev. -- The Bureau of Land Management has issued its environmental study and recommended approval for a massive pipeline to carry water from rural counties along the Nevada-Utah line to Las Vegas.
The 5,000-page report released Friday is now up for a 60-day review before the federal agency issues a final record of decision on Southern Nevada Water Authority's right of way application.
In March, Nevada's state water engineer approved the water authority's request to pump up to 84,000 acre-feet of water annually from four rural valleys to Las Vegas.
Critics of the project claim the BLM used outdated and or flawed information and that its preferred alternative wasn't included in a draft environmental study.
They also argue pumping would draw down water tables and destroy the rural landscape.