Nevada and Eastern California
PO Box 8096
Reno, NV 89507
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Tortoise - Meadow Valley Wash (D. Ghiglieri)
Animals, and Fish in Eastern and Southern Nevada
threatened by groundwater pumping and export.
Moapa Dace: [US Fish and Wildlife Service]
Desert Tortoise's would be negatively affected by disturbance and
routing of pipelines, installation of many pumping facilities,
powerlines and roads necessary to support the pumping facilities
necessary to support what has been described as nearly 1,000 miles of
pipelines to import water to metropolitan Las Vegas.
The direct effects of pumps, pipelines, powerlines, and roads disturb
the surface, but the pumping itself is more than likely to affect the
groundwater flow which supports the numerous springs associated with
sensitive, threatened and endangered plants, fish, and animals.
Compare the pipeline
route map (a PDF download or JPEG
download) with the maps below.
The following information has been
extracted from the Nevada Natural Heritage Program
(NNHP) Public Database. For more information on endemic
to the NNHP website: http://heritage.nv.gov
sites outlined in yellow on the above maps are described at the NNHP
Groundwater flows in Eastern and Southern Nevada by following a deep
layer of carbonate rocks. The flow, while underground, supports
numerous springs throughout eastern Nevada and southern Nevada
extending to Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and Death Valley
PIPELINES IN LINCOLN COUNTY (AGREEMENT BETWEEN SOUTHERN NEVADA WATER
AUTHORITY AND LINCOLN COUNTY/VIDLER WATER COMPANY)
Pipelines of both the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) and the
Lincoln County/ Vidler Water Company stretch throughout Lincoln County
and beyond into White Pine and Clark Counties (not all proposed
pipeline routes are shown). SNWA also has water applications in
neighboring Nye County, but has not proposed pipelines at this time.