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Las Vegas makes an end run to get more Colorado River water

Hoover Dam near Las Vegas. Credit:

The Southern Nevada Water Authority wants to build a big pipe to funnel water out of four valleys sending it 300 miles to Las Vegas.

The valleys in question would appear to be part of a Colorado River tributary basin. So is the SNWA making an end run around their admittedly microscopic allocation by getting Colorado River water a different way?

Las Vegas gets only 4% of Lower Colorado River basin water, based on an agreement that was made when Las Vegas had a small population. It needs more water and actively pursues that goal in any way it can, just like all the other states that get water from the Colorado River.


Bob Morris


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