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December 27, 2012
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BLM allows pipeline for Southern Nevada water grab

The Bureau of Land Management will publish a notice in the Federal Register on Friday announcing the availability of the Record of Decision for the Southern Nevada Water Authority Clark, Lincoln, and White Pine Counties Groundwater Development Project.-The notice is available on the Federal Register electronic desk today.- The purpose of the project is to construct a groundwater delivery system to the Las Vegas Valley.

The Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation and Development Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-424), directed the Secretary of the Interior to issue a right-of-way grant on Federal land in Lincoln and Clark counties to construct a groundwater delivery system.

After extensive environmental analysis, consideration of public comments, and application of pertinent Federal laws and policies, the Department of the Interior has -decided to grant the SNWA a right-of-way for the construction, operation, maintenance, and termination of the mainline water pipeline, main power lines, pump stations, regulating tanks, water treatment facility and other ancillary facilities of the project.-

The decision authorizes the BLM to issue a right-of-way grant to the SNWA for the preferred alternative as analyzed in the Final Environmental Impact Statement issued in August 2012.-The BLM will conduct subsequent environmental analyses for the future facilities and groundwater development.-

The Nevada State Engineer is the authority for approving or denying water right applications.- Up to 83,988 acre-feet per year of groundwater could be transported through the proposed facilities from the SNWA's water rights in Spring, Delamar, Dry Lake, and Cave valleys, and up to 41,000 afy of water rights from the SNWA's private ranches and agreements with Lincoln County. -No water would be developed in Snake Valley.

The decision, -signed by Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes, constitutes the final decision of the Department of the Interior.- Any challenge to the decision must be brought in Federal district court.

A copy of the decision is available from the BLM Nevada State Office by calling-775-861-6681, sending an e-mail request to

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The Record Courier Updated Dec 27, 2012 12:19PM Published Dec 27, 2012 12:17PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.