National Parks Group Applauds Nevada Court Ruling, Opposing Dangerous Water Pipeline Proposal

 
PRESS RELEASE
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   December 12, 2013
Contact:   Kati Schmidt, Senior Media Relations Manager, National Parks Conservation Association: 415.728.0840; Mobile: 415.847.1768
Lynn Davis, Nevada Program Manager, National Parks Conservation Association: 702.318.6524; Mobile: 702.281.7380


National Parks Group Applauds Nevada Court Ruling, Opposing Dangerous Water Pipeline Proposal

Statement by Lynn Davis, Senior Nevada Program Manager, National Parks Conservation Association

“The National Parks Conservation Association applauds the ruling by Nevada’s Seventh District Court, rejecting the Nevada Water Engineer’s proposal to unsustainably pump groundwater, by way of a 300-mile pipeline, from the valleys surrounding Great Basin National Park to water-thirsty Las Vegas.”

“In his ruling, Judge Estes declared the State Engineer’s decision, ‘unfair to following generations of Nevadans’ and ‘not in the public interest’. We couldn’t agree more with these comments, as a number of scientific reports indicates strong potential for dust bowl conditions created by the groundwater proposal, in addition to the anguishing $15 billion public expense projected for the massive, unsustainable pipeline.”

“Specifically, scientific reports indicate that a dust bowl scenario that could be created from draining groundwater each year from Spring Valley, adjacent to Great Basin National Park’s western boundary, would also choke out the clear, dark night skies enjoyed by thousands of visitors who make their way to the remote national park.”

“Our concern for the potential dust bowl scenario was also the basis of concern voiced in comments by the Environmental Protection Agency and National Park Service. Earlier this year, Utah Governor Herbert also joined this ever-growing chorus of voices in rejecting the pipeline proposal, which also would directly impact Utah valley groundwater sources near Great Basin National Park.” 

“With this ruling, we urge the Southern Nevada Water Authority to walk away once and for all from this ill-advised proposal that harms our national heritage and take a closer look at alternatives, such as water allocation from the Colorado River that would fill Lake Mead first.”

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