Las Vegas Review Journal notes big water news:
In a 56-page decision described as "measured" and "conservative," the state's chief water regulator cleared the authority to export as much as 60,000 acre-feet of water a year from a White Pine County valley 250 miles north of Las Vegas.
Whether or not the growth of the Vegas building industry is sustainable or not, wasn't on the table.
... During the hearing, [Matt Kenna, Western Environmental Law Center] and others warned that large-scale groundwater pumping in White Pine County could wipe out springs, rare wildlife and the livelihoods of rural residents.
Several pipeline opponents also tried to link the project to Owens Valley, the eastern California watershed laid to waste nearly a century ago after a massive water grab by Los Angeles.
Mulwray] Mulroy said the authority remains on schedule to start delivering water to Las Vegas from across rural Clark, Lincoln and White Pine counties in 2015.
By then, the water authority could own nearly all of the private land in Spring Valley.
In separate transactions since July, the authority has snapped up seven ranches in the 1 million acre watershed for a combined price of almost $79 million.
::Forget it Matt. It's Chinatown.::