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Public Voices Opposition Over Las Vegas Water Plan

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Southern Nevada Water Authority’s plans to pump water from remote valleys along the Nevada-Utah line to quench Las Vegas‘ thirst drew strong opposition at a hearing conducted by the Nevada state official who will rule on the request.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports at least 90 percent of the nearly 100 people who spoke Friday to State Engineer Jason King were against the multibillion dollar project, citing its cost and harm to the environment.

Among opponents were members of the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation of Utah, the Paiute Tribe of Utah, and the Ely and Duckwater Shoshone tribes of Nevada.

Rural Nevadans and environmentalists joined in opposing the project.

Representatives from the AFL-CIO, Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and the Nevada resort industry praised the plan.


Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com


Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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