Native American Group to Run Across Nevada in Water Protest

photo. 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 … [more…]

The Colorado River is evaporating, climate change largely to blame

photo: the 'bathtub ring' shown how low the reservoir levels are. The Colorado River is evaporating, and climate change is largely to blame

Colorado River water held back by the Hoover Dam. IMAGE: SHUTTERSTOCK / ROCKET PHOTOS – HQ STOCK

An hour’s drive from Las Vegas stands America’s Hoover Dam, a commanding barrier of concrete holding back the trillions of gallons of Colorado River water held inside Lake Mead.

The dam is a proud place, built by thousands of hands and with 5 million barrels of concrete. Its golden elevator doors, Gotham-esque pillars, … [more…]

The water war that will decide the fate of 1 in 8 Americans

The water war that will decide the fate of 1 in 8 Americans

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Lake Mead is the country’s biggest reservoir of water. Think of it as the savings account for the entire Southwest. Right now, that savings account is nearly overdrawn.

For generations, we’ve been using too much of the Colorado River, the 300-foot-wide ribbon of water that carved the Grand Canyon, supplies Lake Mead, and serves as the main water source for much of the American West. … [more…]

Follow a gallon of water from Lake Mead to a Las Vegas tap

Follow a gallon of water from Lake Mead to a Las Vegas tap

Water Quality Monitoring Field Specialist Daniel Luong tests water samples from the the Montessori reservoir that holds 20 million gallons of water located at Montessori Street and Warm Springs Road, Las Vegas, Thursday, March 23, 2017. Article: By Henry Brean Las Vegas Review-Journal

There is barely enough liquid running down this Far Hills street to wash a load of laundry, but it’s hard not to feel its loss when you

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