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In The News — Below are press stories about the ongoing drought in the west; press stories also cover the Southern Nevada Water Authority's "water grab" in Nevada and Utah; and other "mega" water projects that threaten the Great Basin. [Note: Stories open in new browser window]

Cave Lake - near Ely, Nevada April 29, 2016 — Legal advocate fighting SNWA briefs county commission and water committee on progress — The White Pine County Board of Commissioners held a joint meeting with the County Water Advisory Committee on April 26, and two important players in the county’s defense of its groundwater provided a progress report. Simeon Herskovits, an attorney from Advocates for Community and Environment and the leader of the legal effort to protect rural Nevada groundwater, and Abby Johnson, president of the Great Basin Water Network, spoke in front of an attendant crowd of about two dozen — Elynews.com

Lines on the shore show the receding water levels of Lake Mead. (Photo: Richard Lui/The Desert Sun) April 25, 2016 — California weighs sharing ‘pain’ of Colorado River cuts — With the Colorado River tapped beyond its limits and the level of Lake Mead in decline, representatives of California, Arizona and Nevada say they’ve been making progress in negotiating an agreement for all three states to share in water cutbacks in order to stave off a more severe shortage — DesertSun.com [Related Story — Big CAP cuts coming as 3-state water agreement nears — Tucson.com]

April 23, 2016 — Dry soil to absorb some snowmelt heading to Colorado River — DENVER — Storms brought deep snow to the mountains that feed the vital Colorado River this winter and spring, but the dried-out landscape will soak up some of the runoff before it can reach the river and the 40 million people depending on it for water. The snowpack in the vast Upper Colorado River Basin — encompassing almost 110,000 square miles of mountains, valleys and tributaries from Wyoming to New Mexico — hit its seasonal peak this month, federal data show — AP

April 21, 2016 — Faraday Future’s first water bill: $250,000 — It’s too soon to say how large an impact Faraday Future will have on Southern Nevada, but we now know the size of the company’s first water bill. The Southern Nevada Water Authority board Thursday approved several agreements to deliver groundwater to Faraday’s factory site at Apex, including one that requires the electric car company to make a $250,000 down payment on the water it needs during construction — Las Vegas Review Journal [Mobil Link]

Abril 21, 2016 — Las Vegas Is Betting It Can Become the Silicon Valley of Water — politico.com

April 19, 2016 — Snake Valley celebrates Eighth Annual Water Festival June 17-19 in Baker, Nevada — Friends and supporters of Snake Valley will gather in Baker, Nevada during the weekend of June 17-19 for the eighth annual Snake Valley Festival to celebrate and raise funds in support of community preservation. All are invited to join in. All proceeds from the festival events will benefit the Great Basin Water Network (www.greatbasinwater.net) to help protect the water and environment in eastern Nevada and the west desert of Utah — www.protectsnakevalley.org

April 11, 2016 — Sierra Nevada Snow Won’t End California’s Thirst — YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — Thanks in part to El Niño, snowpack in the Sierra Nevada is greater than it has been in years. With the winter snowfall season winding down, California officials said that the pack peaked two weeks ago at 87 percent of the long-term average — NyTimes.com

April 07, 2016 — Colorado River runoff forecast keeps dropping — Drought continues to put the squeeze on the Southwest’s water supplies, with Colorado River runoff forecasts declining for the second straight month. The details: — Tucson.com

April 07, 2016 — Arizona wants legal assurances California won't take its stored water — Arizona and California are arguing over Colorado River water again — this time over whether it should be inscribed in law that California can’t take Arizona’s share of river water that’s left in Lake Mead to prop up lake levels —Tucson.com

April 04, 2016 — California water-saving rules to ease, but nobody's off the hook — Poised to ease California's mandatory drought rules after rebounding rain and snow levels this winter, state water officials on Monday made it clear that -- even where reservoirs are 100 percent full -- no community is likely to get an entirely free pass from conservation targets this summer — mercurynews.com

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  • June 17-19, 2016 — The Snake Valley Festival: All are invited to join in. All proceeds from the festival events will benefit the Great Basin Water Network to help protect the water and environment in eastern Nevada and the west desert of Utah.
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