Water Allocation Distribution in NV
Water for wildlife and our rapidly growing population in Nevada must be used wisely and protected. Members of the Nevada Wildlife Federation have participated in a number of activities to ensure that Nevada’s water quality remains high and sufficient quantity is available for everyone.
The Federation filed protests against the Las Vegas Valley Water District’s Cooperative Water Project – a proposed multibillion dollar system of pipes, pumps and resevoirs into central Nevada to funnel that region’s precious water supply to the southern Nevada region. A member of the Federation was appointed to a citizen advisory committee to the Southern Nevada Water Authority to determine if there were less expensive, better means for supplying water to southern Nevada. The recommendation was made to focus on obtaining more water from the Colorado River and to raise rates to promote greater water conservation.
Throughout the years, members of the Federation have contributed their time, talent, and muscles to helping restore riparian zones along the Truckee River and in Ash Meadows. These areas are vital in Nevada to our wildlife.
The Federation has sought better range management practices on our lands to ensure that erosion and silting of our riparian zones are reduced. Overgrazing of rangeland must be reduced. Members of the Federation are serving on advisory boards to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and working with responsible ranchers to achieve these goals.
Members of the Federation have sought to prevent further drawdown of Walker Lake and the Stillwater Wildlife Refuge from poor water management practices along the incoming rivers. Efficient use of our limited weater supply in Nevada is a key.
Water quality of our limited water supplies in Nevada is a growing concern. Expanded mining activities in the state are having an effect. Our rapid growth in our cities is straining our sewage treatment facilities. Some fish in Lake Mead are showing deformities that may be linked to the water quality from the Las Vegas Wash.
More needs to be done in Nevada to preserve our precious water resources. The Federation’s goals are to continue to be active in Nevada water issues and to work with responsible parties to achieve comprehensive solutions to our water problems that encourage the efficient use of our water and protect the health of our people, our wildlife, and our land.
Please join us in that effort.