Native American Group to Run Across Nevada in Water Protest

Many rural Nevada communities are opposed to the idea of pumping groundwater from outlying regions of the state to serve Las Vegas. (Ken Lund/Flickr)

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Members of Nevada’s Native American communities are planning to run nearly 300 miles next week to call for more sustainable water management in the state.

The Nevada state engineer denied a permit in August for a controversial pipeline plan decades in the making, to pump groundwater hundreds of miles from eastern Nevada to Las Vegas. The Southern Nevada Water Authority says it will appeal the decision.

Opponents of the plan include conservation groups and Native American tribes, who fear the pumping project would dry up fragile ecosystems. Beverly Harry, an organizer of the Water Protectors Sacred Water Run, says runners’ first goal is to show their opposition to the pipeline.

"The second thing is to evaluate exactly what we need to do to protect waters of Nevada, and what are we going to do to address that? Because that’s within the power of all of the state officials," says Harry.

About a dozen people from different indigenous communities are planning a relay-style run starting Monday in Snake Valley. They’ll roughly […]

More about Native Americans and Healthy Water for the Future Generations:

Navajo Water Supply is More Horrific than Flint, But No One Cares Because they’re Native American

Native American tribes fight for clean water, more money — Apsaalooke Nation

Scheme to pump water to L.A. could destroy the Mojave Desert

Navajo Nation: Special Ed Students Await Water That Doesn’t Stink

Summary
Native American Group to Run Across Nevada in Water Protest
Article Name
Native American Group to Run Across Nevada in Water Protest
Description
Members of Nevada's Native American communities are planning to run nearly 300 miles next week to call for more sustainable water management in the state.
Author
Publisher Name
Public News Service - NV
Publisher Logo

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *