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Nevada and Eastern California
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Reno, NV 89507

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Chapter unanimously passes resolution opposing H.R. 4593 and S. 2532 as introduced in June 2004Springs in eastern Nevada are connected to the deep carbonate aquifer system


NOVEMBER 2004 UPDATE:




SIERRA CLUB TOIYABE CHAPTER RESOLUTION ON

LINCOLN COUNTY CONSERVATION, RECREATION AND DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 2004

Chapter Findings - Introduction
Land Disposals - Title I
Wilderness - Title II
Utility Corridors (Water Pipelines and other utilities) - Title III
Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Trail creation -- Title IV
Land Convenyance to Lincoln County -- Title V
Moving Boundaries of Desert National Wildlife Refuge - Title VI
Chapter Resolves to oppose Bill


WHEREAS, the Nevada delegation on June 16, 2004 introduced the Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act of 2004 (bills H.R.4593 and S.2532),

WHEREAS, the bill proposes several actions in six titles all of which will have serious impacts on public lands, waters, wildlife rural communities and Indian tribes, fragile desert ecosystems and the quality of life in southern Nevada urban communities,

WHEREAS, the Toiyabe Chapter is concerned about Title I - LANDS, including the size and location of public land disposals, circumvention of the Federal Lands Policy and Management Act requirements on land disposals, over-riding FLPMA, the National Environmental Policy Act and the federal court by mandating sale of public lands near Mesquite in 75 days, and the policy issue of whether our public lands should be sold off to provide funds for public land management programs for which Congress refuses to provide adequate funds, including the costs of selling our public lands and the lack of a full and open process to develop land disposal proposals;

WHEREAS, the Toiyabe Chapter is concerned about Title II - WILDERNESS, including the size and location of wilderness area proposals, the amount of cherry-stems into the heart of wilderness areas, the many exemptions to The Wilderness Act requirements, and the apparent amendments to TWA through including House Committee Report Language as statutory language;

WHEREAS, the Toiyabe Chapter is concerned about Title III - UTILITY CORRIDORS, including a Congressional mandate for establishing corridors, the length and location of utility corridors and the unknown environmental impacts of ground water pumping and exportation on the carbonate aquifer, whose springs and other waters support rural communities and endemic and migratory fish and wildlife, the circumvention of both FLMPA and NEPA requirements for administrative and environmental reviews of the impacts of federal proposed actions notwithstanding the after-the-fact EIS required in the bill, the provision for a hydrological study without Congressional funding and only of water available for export (not on the impacts of ground water pumping) of the carbonate aquifer only in White Pine County, provision of Congressionally mandated utility corridors and expedited federal approvals to Vidler Water Co. and Lincoln County for speculative exploitation of water and to the Southern Nevada Water Authority without acknowledgement of the need for a move to sustainable growth, increased supplies from expanding the water conservation program, and exploring Colorado River water marketing first before water importation from rural Nevada, providing a special deal for Harvey Whittemore with no significant public benefits, the attack on State Water Law by providing water pipeline corridors before the State Engineer approves any ground water pumping for export, and the lack of a full and open public process on these critically important issues;

WHEREAS, the Toiyabe Chapter is concerned about Title IV - OHV TRAIL, including the size and location of the trail and the lack of any provisions to control the current (and future) environmental damage being caused by indiscriminate, off-road motor vehicle use on Lincoln County public lands;

WHEREAS, the Toiyabe Chapter is concerned about Title V - OPEN SPACE PARKS, including the size and location of public land transfers to the state and Lincoln County and the lack of state and county government funding for management and operations of additional parks;

WHEREAS, the Toiyabe Chapter is concerned about Title VI - JURISDICTION TRANSFER, including the size and location of the proposed transfers and the impacts on the Desert National Wildlife Refuge and Bureau of Land Management of wildlife habitat and T&E species.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Toiyabe Chapter of the Sierra Club is opposed to the Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act of 2004, as currently written.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the chapter will work with the Nevada delegation and a wide and diverse statewide coalition to remove objectionable provisions and to improve language for environmental protection and protection of rural Nevada communities and Indian tribes.

Toiyabe Chapter Executive Committee
Mammoth Lakes, CA
June 26, 2004

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