As Nevada Dries Up, Vegas Fixes To Steal Water From Dairy Farmers

Las Vegas Is Out Of Water, But Nevada Dairy Farmers Have Some Left. Come and Get It.

Vegas water grabThe “bathtub ring” around Lake Mead tells the story as water levels fall to their lowest since Hoover Dam opened

Water wars in the West are not new, but they show signs of taking on a whole new dimension as the new normal of the Beginning of the End Times kicks in for good.

Most people don’t realize that there us more to Nevada than casinos and Las Vegas. In fact, the region to the east and northeast of Vegas has had a thriving dairy industry for several generations. For a hundred years, the snowfall in the Sierra Nevada has provided plenty of water to grow alfalfa and hay thanks to a federally managed network of dams and reservoirs. The region provided plenty of water for forage and even wheat. And then the snow stopped falling and the rain that fed the Humboldt River disappeared. The allotments from the water management authority have been cut to zero for the first time in history.

But the real danger lies to the south: as Nevada and major portions of the Western USA bake through the third straight year of drought, Lake Mead behind Hoover Dam is at an all time low. It’s not only the drought that has drained Lake Mead: It’s the severe demands placed on the once might Colorado River, which in some years lately doesn’t even make it to it’s own delta. And that’s bad news for farmers and ranchers, because Lake Mead is the water supply for the greedy and wasteful metropolis built that thrives on excess.

Las Vegas needs water and the Southern Nevada Water Authority’s knows where to get it. The so called Groundwater Development Project is a proposed pipeline that would siphon more than 27.3 billion gallons of groundwater each year from the desert of eastern Nevada and pump it more than 260 miles to the Las Vegas Valley. The $15.5 billion project would dry up or “adversely affect” more than 5,500 acres of meadows, more than 200 springs, 33 miles of trout streams, and 130,600 acres of sagebrush habitat for sage grouse, mule deer, elk and pronghorn as water tables plunge by 200 feet. That’s according to the water authority, not environmentalists.

So the first lawsuits have been filed and the game has begun. To the east, a few ranchers have been convinced to sell their land, along with the water rights, for fortunes. Once the drawdown begins in the region, the entire area will dry up, including the Snake Valley and Grand Basin National Park. By then, Las Vegas will need even more water. Who do you think will ultimately win the game?

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