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Hearings Planned For 2017 Regarding Water Pumping Plan

Nevada's top state water official plans hearings next year to resolve long-fought disputes over a proposal to pump groundwater from valleys near the Nevada-Utah state line and pipe it to Las Vegas.

At a Wednesday meeting in Carson City, opponents of groundwater pumping said they think State Engineer Jason King already has enough information from previous hearings to make a decision to stop the plan altogether.

But Susan Joseph-Taylor, an aide to King, said courts have ordered further review.

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She says hearings will be scheduled in Fall 2017 to resolve issues raised by a senior Nevada state court judge in December 2013.

Judge Robert Estes in Ely has ordered King to recalculate the amount of available water and establish standards for limiting possible environmental damage if pumping is approved.