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Snake Valley Water Hearing Thursday Aug. 11

by Eric S. Peterson
- Posted // 2011-08-10 -

Local water watchdogs of the Great Basin Water Network are calling on folks to come and learn more about the controversial Snake Valley water deal they say will lead to dust bowl-style storms in Utah just to slate Nevada’s thirst for water at a special hearing Thursday.

The contentious Snake Valley Water Deal is accepting public comment Thursday, Aug. 11, in a Utah hearing. Residents concerned about the possible impacts of allowing a right-of-way deal to siphon water from underground supplies in western Nevada and east-central Utah to Nevada, or those who just want to learn more about the proposal, are encouraged to attend.

In a guide created by activist Steve Erickson of the Great Basin Water Network, he challenges the proposal, saying that the Draft Environmental Impact Study failed to look at other healthier alternatives, such as Nevada incorporating better water-recycling techniques. The guide published says that, if approved, the project could occupy an area the size of the state of Vermont and could affect five national wildlife refuges, four state wildlife areas, seven state parks and two national parks including the Great Basin National Park.

Those who want to learn more about the project can attend the public hearing, Thursday, Aug. 11, 4-8 p.m. at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 307 N. Admiral Byrd Road, located west of the Salt Lake City airport.

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