RENO, Nev. (AP) -- It's complicated, it's controversial and it's going to take a long time.
That much was made clear at a meeting in Reno on Wednesday to set the ground rules for a series of public hearings this fall on a proposed multibillion dollar pipeline to ship water from northern Nevada and Utah to Las Vegas.
As the applicant for the necessary water rights, the Southern Nevada Water Authority plans three weeks of testimony from 26 witnesses when the hearings begin sometime in September.
The Great Basin Water Network, one of the chief opponents of the plan, expects to call as many as three dozen witnesses over eight says.
A bit tongue in cheek, Ely rancher Hank Vogler says he'll need a month for all of his 8,213 sheep to testify.