LAS VEGAS (AP) — Water officials aren't giving up a nearly 30-year effort to get state approval to pump groundwater from arid valleys just west of the Utah state line and pipe it to faucets and fountains in Las Vegas.
The Nevada Supreme Court is rejecting a Mormon church appeal on a narrow legal question in a broad water rights dispute stemming from a proposal to pipe groundwater to Las Vegas from areas along the Nevada-Utah border.
Pat Mulroy, the powerful and controversial head of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, has announced that she is stepping down sometime next year. She has led the agency for 21 years, during the housing boom and one of the worst droughts in modern history.
If Nevada Senate Minority leader Michael Roberson has his way, the Southern Nevada Water Authority will actually lose some of that authority to the Public Utilities Commission. Specifically, the power to raise rates.
More than three hundred groups including ranchers and environmentalists are suing the Southern Nevada Water Authority to stop the 300-mile water pipeline. Other groups now suing the State Engineer Jason King include Native American groups like the Goshute Tribe.