Utah Tells Vegas To Take a Hike on Water Deal

Published On April 5, 2013 | By Christa Schueler | Community

With two new water parks coming to the Vegas valley this year and our continual growth, we may have to cut way back on our water usage thanks to Utah’s governor’s rejection of a water deal that would have brought much needed water to Southern Nevada.  Due to objections from their residents, mostly farmers and ranchers, Utah governor, Gary Herbert, rejected a water sharing agreement between our two states.  So it looks like Southern Nevada won’t be getting the approximately 21 billion gallons of water that would have been pumped from the Snake Valley Great Basin that borders Utah and Nevada.  So what does that mean for residents here in the Vegas valley?  Well, Governor Herbert telling us to basically take a hike could mean a hike on our water bill unless Nevada intends to fight or pressure Utah back to the negotiation table.

What do you think of Governor Herbert’s water deal rejection?  Was he right in thinking of only his residents or should he have considered ours as well?

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UNLV graduate, wife, mother of three, blogger and aspiring novelist, Christa Schueler brings her writing, editing and research skills to Recess. As an advocate for education and health reform and a 25 year Las Vegas resident, Christa understands the need for providing a platform and a "voice" for women in Southern Nevada. Despite Las Vegas being one of the fastest growing cities in the country, Christa has seen continual lack of community connection and strives to change that. Now, she's joined the sandbox revolution!

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