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

Hoover Dam near Las Vegas. Credit: commons.wikimedia.org

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.

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