How long will Las Vegas continue on this unsustainable path of development? It
is a city which shows little reason for its initial existence, and shows even
less merit for continued pattern of growth. It is an artificially created urban
environment, smack in the middle of one of the driest deserts on earth. Why
should other communities upstream and downstream, both in Nevada and interstate,
be forced to compromise their survivability, so the water show at the Bellagio
and all the yards and golf courses in Summerlin can stay green? Las Vegas is an
unnecessary proverbial leach of one of the worlds most precious resources.It is high time that the Mayor of Las Vegas and the Governor start looking at
the long term effects that Las Vegas is having upon surrounding communities and
states. If the city of Las Vegas is going to continue, then it needs to look
into other options. If you want to continue to be an oasis in the desert, how
about taking some pointers from the folks in Abu Dhabi and Dubai?
The Great Basin is one of the largest deserts in the world. In many of the
basins is a soil type known as "talc" that is incredibly fine and
prone to become dust if exposed. This is certainly true of both the Snake and
Spring valleys, to anyone who has visited these areas The foliage that exists
in these basins keep talc from becoming airborne in mass quantities. The
ecological balance in the Great Basin is quite delicate. Hydrologists are
unable to accurately predict how falling water tables will impact what surface
foliage does exist.The potential for adverse amounts of fine
particulates being dispersed in Wasatch front valleys from dust storms is
significant.This is a terrible idea.
I think its about time that Nevada reevaluate the real needs of its citizens
rather than financial profit for the casino's. Las Vegas and its glory days seem
to have become irrelevent and on itw way in to decline so any efforts to salvage
a city for only industry of entertainment must be put on restrictions to prepare
for more recessions and loss of revenue from that city.People are
running out of money for entertainment, especially where mulct thousand of
dollars are required for entertainment in Las Vegas. These other areas of the
state have full rights of resources underground and below ground. What Las Vegas
is attempting it like they go around the state and put a claim on all the gold
and gold mines as assets and property of Las Vegas. Assets and rights of a city
should be limited to its city limits and not the state of Nevada or Utah or any
Water rights in Utah are mostly owned by individuals the state it self has very
few in comparison. The Federal government owns no water rights and legally can
not. The taking of water from these other valleys in Utah and Nevada border is
thieft. Water is measured by Arce-feet and it is not the same from year to year.
Drought and flood change the amount. Durring a drought year will the city use
less? I think not, they will steal from the farmers and ranchers and continue to
use as much as possible. Once the straw is in the cup who is to stop them from
sucking it dry?
Meanwhile, back at the Utah ranch, our state government stays out of the Nevada
State Engineer fight and does not comment on the BLM draft EIS. Looks like
Utah's most precious resource is not all that important to the Governor unless
it is flowing to Wasatch Front money.
Taking water from Utah to lubricate the glitz of Las Vegas is unthinkable. It
must be stopped at ever level. Hopefully Governor Herbert will be clear in his
objection at the proper time. Right now it is a bad idea that is just being
aired. The light of common sense should make it whiter like a noxious weed.
Utah just needs to stand up for its own rights, but Vegas has money... and we
know money controls the government.
Vegas is a vampire sucking the life blood from smaller communities all around
it. There is no good reason to let such things happen. Vegas is an affront to
all that is good. I know there are good people living there, but to quote
Shakespeare, "the evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft
interred with their bones," Vegas is not worth the risk to the ecology of
the surrounding areas. Leave the water to the people who work the land, not glut
themselves on the weaknesses of others!
i was perched atop 13,000 foot wheeler peak, looking east into the wah wah
valley of millard county. the wah wah is much a much smaller valley than is
the snake and contains much less ground cover. 25 mph southerly winds had
raised a dust cloud miles long, and 100s of feet high. where was the dust
headed? look at your maps, wasatch-fronters. just think of all that particulate
matter, much of it deleterious to you, your kids, your elderly. imagine how
much more you'll get when las vegas eventually dries up the snake valley. oh my
hades, who needs a long healthy life, anyway? it's okay tho, money is at stake
and i know how important money is to you. why you'll even let rio tinto(nee
kennecott)introduce more poisons into your air so that you may have newer cars,
bigger homes, the american dream. fine with me, i'll be seeing you so much the
sooner. i don't need to huff and puff, you'll blow your own house down. mine
is such an easy job!ole scratch
How far from vegas is lake Tahoe? go there for your water.