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Sticker on a Southern Nevada Water Authority Vehicle. Why is it
that there is no indoor water conservation program in greater Las
Vegas? Is the outdoor water conservation SNWA program really
working? Or are residents just responding to the drought?
Sample Letter: Scoping comments on the
Environmental Impact Statement on the Groundwater Exportation Project
for the Southern Nevada Water Authority.
Print the letter today by
downloading it, sign and print your name (include your address), and
mail it. The Deadline for submission is now extended to
Monday, August 1, 2005. Do it today and make your voice heard.
(BLM's Web and Email system is down
as of this writing -- as it has been now continuously since
March. Mailing your letter
is the only option.)
Download printable versions of the
Sample Letter for you to sign and send today . . . and thanks!
(html or pdf)
Gene Kolkman, Manager
BLM/Ely Field Office
HC 33 Box 33500
Ely, NV 89301
Dear Manager Kolkman,
RE: Scoping comments for the Clark, Lincoln, and
White Pine Counties Groundwater Development Project Environmental
Impact Statement (EIS).
I am very concerned about the the Southern Nevada Water Authority
(SNWA) proposal to
pump and export up to
2,000,000 acre-feet of groundwater each decade to metropolitan Las
groundwater from White Pine,
Lincoln and western Utah Counties. Please make sure
EIS addresses the following points completely:
Also, the EIS should
the following questions in detail:
- Analyze ALL water exportation projects impacts and do a
- Assure a transparent process which uses public and peer
and scientific models.
- Account for all existing water uses including those for
springs, rivers, creeks.
- Assess all impacts on rural communities in eastern Nevada
Utah and their economic futures.
- Assess the impacts of continued explosive growth air and
water quality in
metropolitan Las Vegas.
- Compute the true cost (including financing costs) for the
- Evaluate alternatives including no
action, minimal groundwater
exportation using rural groundwater only as supplemental to existing Colorado River
and alternative water supply options
for Las Vegas, including:
water conservation, increased
Colorado River water from various
and reduced growth in urban areas of
I request that the BLM extend the scoping period for 2 months after the
BLM website is again running and information is available
electronically on the proposed project and EIS. The public should be
able to send the BLM its scoping comments electronically.
- How will the water project affect Great Basin and Death
Valley National Parks, Fish
Springs, Pahranagat, Desert, Moapa, Ash Meadows and Ruby Lake National
Wildlife Refuges, Wayne
Kirch, Key Pittman, Railroad Valley and Overton Wildlife Management
Areas, Beaver Dam, Cathedral
Gorge, Echo Canyon Reservoir and Kershaw-Ryan State Parks and Lake Mead National Recreation Area?
- What are project
impacts on the biodiversity of the area as well as the federal listed,
proposed and candidate species, including the 298+ species on the
Nevada Natural Heritage Program list within the project area?
- What monitoring and pumping controls are needed to identify
eliminate adverse impacts of groundwater pumping and exportation on the
environment, local economies, and wildlife? Can the BLM enforce rules
on the proponent to eliminate impacts?
Download printable versions of the Sample Letter for you to sign and
send it today and thanks! (html or pdf)