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Petroglyphs  show people have long lived in the desert near  springs and along the White River and Meadow Valley Wash. (D. Ghiglieri)

Groundwater Study Authorized by Congress in Lincoln County Bill

Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge during Miration.  Avocets at sunset.

One addition which the Sierrs Club sought was added to the bill.  The bill directs a study of groundwater in White Pine and Lincoln Counties and adjacent areas in Utah.  Six million dollars was allocated for USGS and DRI to finish the studies within 3 years.  (The text of the legislation.)

  • A few suggested study questions of the Club for the USGS and DRI

    • evaluate the impacts of groundwater pumping and export on regional springs and groundwater levels
    • evaluate the impacts of groundwater pumping and export over short and long term, i.e., 10-20 years and 100-500 years.
    • conduct onsite study including drilling to develop models which can help to predict short and long term impacts
  • United States Geological Survey (USGS) website:  Basin and Range Carbonate Aquifer System Study
    USGS Website
  • How to get involved:  Participate in the BLM Scoping and make sure that the BLM EIS includes the findings of the USGS study.  Deadline for comment is August 1, 2005.

Title III: Utility Corridors - (Sec. 301) Directs the Secretary to: (1) establish on public land a 2,640-foot wide corridor for utilities in Lincoln and Clark Counties, Nevada; and (2) grant certain nonexclusive rights-of-way to the Southern Nevada Water Authority and the Lincoln County Water District for the construction and operation of a water conveyance system; (3) conduct a study of water resources in White Pine and Lincoln Counties, Nevada, and in adjacent areas in Utah. Authorizes funding for such water resources study.

Withdraws such utility corridors from: (1) all forms of entry, appropriation, and disposal under the public land laws; (2) location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and (3) operation of the mineral leasing and geothermal leasing laws.

 White River Valley

 photo: Mike McCurry