Water Grab

April 2, 2014--Waters of the U.S. (Pueblo Chieftain)

The Environmental Protection Agency, in cooperation with the Army Corps of Engineers, has developed a 370-page rule that broadly defines the “waters of the United States.” Touted as a benign effort to better protect and enhance the quality of our nation’s water, the recently announced Clean Water Act rule amounts to a huge water and power grab by federal bureaucrats.


January 22, 2013--First global assessment of land and water ‘grabbing’ (Science Daily)

As world food and energy demands grow, nations and some corporations increasingly are looking to acquire quality agricultural land for food production. Some nations are gaining land by buying up property -- and accompanying water resources -- in other, generally less wealthy countries.


December 19, 2012--Ski industry wins water rights lawsuit against Forest Service (Summit Voice)

A long-running dispute over water rights at ski areas operating on public land was resolved — at least temporarily — this week, as Federal District Court Judge William Martinez ruled that the U.S. Forest Service violated its own regulations and other federal laws when it adopted a new water rights clause to be added to ski area permits.


October 12, 2012--Montrose County one formality away from final water rights (Montrose Daily Press)

Montrose County’s water rights are just a step away from being signed, sealed and delivered. District Judge J. Steven Patrick on Wednesday signed an order approving stipulations between the county, the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the state and division engineers.


August 6, 2012--BLM analysis reveals massive potential damage from Las Vegas water grab (Environmental News Network)

The Bureau of Land Management today released its long-anticipated final environmental impact statement for the pipeline right-of-way for the Southern Nevada Water Authority's "groundwater development project." The project envisions unsustainably siphoning more than 37.1 billion gallons of groundwater per year from at least four valleys in central Nevada and p


April 27, 2012--Las Vegas water grab challenged in court (Summit Voice)

Nowhere is water more precious than the desert, where a tiny oasis can be the only source of sustenance in thousands of acres. Most people intuitively understand the value of water in dry regions, but Las Vegas and Nevada state water officials just don’t get it.


February 11, 2012--New Mexicans contest future water needs (Durango Herald)

The thought of sinking more than three dozen wells in the San Augustin Plains of western New Mexico and pumping out billions of gallons of water each year to meet demands miles away has hundreds of New Mexicans riled up. A group of rural residents, one of the state’s largest irrigation dis


December 7, 2011--Ski area water-rights duel now in political arena (Summit Voice)

A showdown over ski area water rights is now in the political arena, as four U.S. Senators have asked the Forest Service to delay implementing a revised permit condition that could require resorts to transfer certain types of water rights to the federal government. In December 1st letter to U.S.


January 29, 2010--Nevada water pipeline: In jeopardy? (Los Angeles Times)

The Nevada Supreme Court dealt a huge blow Thursday to Las Vegas officials’ controversial plan to siphon water from the state’s rural north, saying that a faulty application process invalidates the south's claim to tens of thousands of acre-feet of water.


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