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Friday, 11 July 2008

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Ray Walker

As a retired Water Court Referee, I found the NV State Engineer's 40 page opinion was based on the facts, law and the evidence that were presented in the 19 year old case before him. Yes, I read it twice.

Strange...All parties in the matter were offered knowledge of a truly new fresh water Source that on average could annually provide Nevada with a million acre feet, which is 50 times the 18000 AF the SNWA was awarded. None chose to investigate or have such an alternative presented for consideration by the State Engineer.

Water from the new Source could be beneficially used in many ways. One of the secondary uses of the water could certainly be for hydroelectric power generation in Lake Mead, especially in light of the fact that it is predicted to dry up soon. Nevada's power company made a preliminary investigation of the new Source and concluded in writing that it was "definitely plausible" and recommended in writing that the SNWA too investigate.

It will take many years before the proposed SNWA wells do or do not mine the desert aquifers. Adequate monitoring is provided for in the State Engineer's ruling. That too will be argued every drop of the way to Las Vegas.

It is interesting that Nevada has no interest in a water resource that ADDS considerable water to the State without damage to the environment or anyone's water rights. Rarely is such an offer ever been made, anywhere. Usually only criticism, conservation and curtailment are offered up for the water shortage dilemmas facing the region.

Region....that's right, remember the new Source could provide enough water for many uses and others who would be willing to assist in its development and infra-structure... which would help pay for SNWA pipeline and plans.

The Bureau of Reclamation could coordinate such a regional approach, but they have not been asked by Nevada to investigate the possiblities.

Hope you find the claim of a truly new water Source equally as intriguing as predicting damage in a case that has already been concluded and likely moot.

Ray Walker (Retired Water Rights Analyst) waterrdw@yahoo.com

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