imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Subscribe Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

CopWatch LA

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List





IMC Network: www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech
printable version - js reader version - email this article - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Goshute Tribes Fight SNWA Pipeline to Vegas

by Indian Country Today Staff Thursday, Sep. 20, 2012 at 12:30 PM

The clock is ticking on the 60-day review period for the environmental assessment report on a controversial water pipeline along the Nevada-Utah border that the Goshute Confederated Tribes say would draw down their own water supplies and impede economic development as well as compromise sacred sites. The eight-foot-diameter pipeline would carry water 300 miles from eastern Nevada to Las Vegas, pumping about 84,000 acre-feet of water annually from Goshute and other tribal lands.


Goshute Tribes Fight for Water Rights in Face of 300-Mile Pipeline to Vegas


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a 5,000-page environmental-assessment report on August 3 that recommended the pipeline, a project of the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), be built. The 60-day so-called availability period for the $15.5 billion project began after a comment period during which the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Indian Reservation (CTGR) argued vociferously against the plan.

“They’re going to let Las Vegas steal our water, build a pipeline that’s over 300 miles long and eight feet wide, and decimate our people,” CTGR Chairman Ed Naranjo said in a statement quoted by the Associated Press. “We will not go away and will take all actions necessary to stop this attempt to take our water. Water is life to us, [and] if the federal government takes it away, we will cease to be a people.”

An acre-foot, a unit of measure used in water-resource management, is the volume that would be contained in an area measuring one foot by 66 feet by 660 feet, the annual equivalent of average suburban usage. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, the environmental impact statement lays out a plan for “263 miles of water pipeline, 230 miles of overhead power lines, six electrical substations, two pumping stations, a 40-million-gallon storage reservoir and a 165-million-gallon water-treatment facility.”

Although the environmental impact statement does not appear to okay pumping groundwater from Snake Valley, which lies directly underneath Goshute lands, opponents worry that draining water from the four valleys that do have approval—Spring, Cave, Dry Lake and Delmar—would also reduce levels in the Snake Valley aquifer. In addition, that valley is not ruled out for future applications, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

“The BLM is shoving this massive and reckless project down the throats of Indian tribes despite the fact that the federal government has a trust responsibility to preserve and protect all Indian tribal trust assets, which definitely includes water,” said CTGR Vice Chair Madeline Greymountain to the AP.

On another front, the Goshute are working to secure water rights so as to attract development on their lands. To this end they signed a memorandum of understanding with Utah Governor Gary Herbert at the state’s seventh annual Native American Summit, held from August 14 and 15 in Salt Lake City. The tribes are looking not only to preserve their water but also to create an economic development base for the 500 members who live on the reservation, about 110,000 acres of which lie on the Utah side of the border, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. The BLM’s final decision is due in October.

From an environmental standpoint, the Goshute say that SNWA’s claims that pumping that much water out from under eastern Nevada’s desert valleys won’t harm people or wildlife are unsound.

“Independent hydrologists contend that mining and exporting so much water will cause major environmental degradation and destroy the livelihoods of rural residents and tribal communities in eastern Nevada and western Utah,” the Goshute Tribe contends on its website. “The area affected by the massive pumping proposal is home to National Wildlife Refuges in Nevada and Utah, state wildlife management areas, Great Basin National Park, Native American communities and dozens of agricultural communities who have been living within the constraints of the regions’ limited water supplies for over a century.”


Read more:

http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2012/08/20/goshute-tribes-fight-for-water-rights-in-face-of-300-mile-pipeline-to-vegas-130218

http://www.greatbasinwaternetwork.org/




Judge to establish rules in lawsuit over water rights

The hearing on Friday, September 21 at 10:00 AM will begin the legal process on the appeal of 84,000 acre-feet of water rights awarded to the SNWA.

The hearing will be conducted by Senior Judge Robert Estes to discuss procedures on the appeal of the Nevada State Engineer's ruling to award the Southern Nevada Water Authority water rights in Spring, Cave, Dry Lake and Delamar Valleys.

Appellants include four Nevada counties, over 300 individuals including ranchers and farmers, as well as numerous conservation organizations.

The hearing is open and will occur at the White Pine County Court House on Clark Street in Ely. You can get more information on the hearing by calling 775 289-4813.


Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Local News

May Day March in Riverside M02 10:35PM

Nuclear Shutdown News: April 2017 M02 4:38PM

Jewish “Defense” League: Nazis in Skull-caps A07 11:13AM

Nuke Shutdown News 3/17 A01 4:13PM

RELATIONS STILL STRAINED BETWEEN SOUTH LOS ANGELES RESIDENTS AND THE POLICE M22 3:22PM

Elect a Green to Congress in Los Angeles M15 2:18AM

Prop. H Activists March on Hollywood to House and Help the Homeless M01 1:46PM

Prop. H Activists March on Hollywood to House and Help the Homeless M01 1:09PM

Prop. H Activists March on Hollywood to House and Help the Homeless M01 12:19PM

24TH ANNUAL LOS ANGELES WOMEN’S THEATRE FESTIVAL HONORS COMPOSER MEGAN CAVALLARI ON MARCH F24 2:40PM

Activists Mark 150 Years Since Chimney Rock Massacre F21 7:00PM

Indivisible local events F16 4:07PM

Help Wanted: How You Can Act Locally To Stymie Trump’s Agenda F16 11:24AM

RACE RELAY - race relations dialogue F16 7:01AM

LA County Greens Oppose S F09 8:52PM

Our Revolution L.A Organizing Meeting F08 12:23AM

First We Marched. Now We Huddle F06 10:54PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Brazil: Will Moro destroy the rule o law? J27 1:37PM

Halitose J26 11:05PM

How the World Heads for the Next Crash J26 7:25AM

KPFK's Indy Media on Air Now on Wednesdays J25 9:13AM

Verbatim J25 12:21AM

The record of a failed new civilization in the making J24 3:55PM

Reclaiming Public Services J24 4:59AM

The Real fbi, aka the 'burro" J23 12:31PM

The Shortwave Report 06/23/17 Listen Globally! J22 4:38PM

Economic Stagnation and its Mastery J22 4:11AM

Allo ? J22 3:56AM

12 to 1 vote by anto homeless citizens by Atlanta City Council J21 11:59AM

BDS – Where Empathy Goes to Die J20 7:21AM

Le fantôme d'Ernest Coeurderoy J19 11:44PM

The President as Businessman J19 4:24AM

Psychosomatique de radioactivité J18 2:24AM

Reems of Fruitvale: Gaming the system on Yelp J17 6:21PM

Shame On You, Jewish Voice For Peace, For Targeting Pro-Israel Gays J17 7:54AM

The Shortwave Report 06/16/17 Listen Globally! J15 5:22PM

Hate Group Jewish Voice for Peace targets, terrorizes LGBT Youth J15 11:38AM

Déficit informationnel ou mur de Kardashev J14 10:37PM

Wells Fargo Is Accused of Making Improper Changes to Mortgages J14 10:26PM

Lessons From Portland’s Clashes With Fascists J13 7:36PM

New Bill Would Reduce Police Accountability, Erode State Independence J12 7:25PM

Paraphysique de procrastination J12 11:45AM

The Great Trump Show J11 3:48PM

Muslim leaders refuse to perform funeral prayers for London Bridge attackers/VSHAME TO YOU J10 8:47PM

Paraphysique de la hiérarchie J10 1:51AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2003 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy