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LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Southern Nevada Water Authority and Nevada’s state engineer are appealing a district judge’s ruling that rejected state approval needed for Las Vegas to draw water from rural valleys straddling the Nevada-Utah state line.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports  the case now heads back to the Nevada Supreme Court after notices of appeal were filed Jan. 23.

District Judge Robert Estes in December ordered state Engineer Jason King to reconsider his March 2012 approval for the Southern Nevada Water Authority to pump billions of gallons of groundwater a year frm sites in White Pine and Lincoln counties.

Among other things, the judge ordered King to recalculate how much water is available in four rural water basins.

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