Posted on | January 7, 2010 | 2 Comments
SALT LAKE CITY — A proposed water-sharing agreement in Snake Valley between Nevada and Utah appears destined for signature by the two states as additional revisions were aired in a Wednesday meeting of an advisory council, reports the Deseret News.
Nevada officials indicated at the Snake Valley Advisory Council meeting that they are on board with the agreement as it stands, and John Harja, chairman of the council, conveyed that Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is convinced that “an agreement is better than none, and the interests of Utah are best served by an agreement.”
To keep reading today’s report in the Deseret news, click here or here for the Salt Lake Tribune account. Via the Great Basin Network and Aquafornia, which also has an AP account of public response.
Speculation aside, there is still hope that Utah Governor Herbert won’t sign. The Great Basin Water Network was founded to oppose the pipeline that under the agreement would tap the shared aquifer of rural Nevada and Utah to send its groundwater roughly 300 miles south to Las Vegas. “The fact that the newspapers are on our side should be indicators to the governor that he’s signing away the rights of his people,” said the network’s Susan Lynn earlier today.
If the agreement remains unsigned until the Utah legislature reconvenes on January 25th, Lynn believes that chances diminish significantly that the governor will sign. If he does acquiesce to Nevada, then Lynn predicts censure from the legislature for an overwhelmingly unpopular deal.
Above is a map of the monitoring areas proposed under the UT-NV agreement. Click, then click again to get a full-sized version. To download a PDF of the final draft of the state to state agreement, click here. For the draft monitoring agreement, here and report of public comments here.
Finally, unconfirmed word on the street is that the Southern Nevada Water Authority’s general manager Pat Mulroy, the force behind the proposed pipeline, will be interviewed tomorrow night by Katie Couric on CBS News.
1/7/2010, 12noon: This post has been updated. The monitoring map has been added along with drafts of the agreements and comment from the GBWN.