Nevada Board of Agriculture opposing Southern Nevada Water authority plan to pump millions of gallons of water to Las Vegas from eastern Nevada; state ag chief cites impact on rural Nevada agriculture

CARSON CITY, Nevada , September 2, 2011 () – The Nevada state Board of Agriculture is opposing a Southern Nevada Water Authority plan to pump millions of gallons of water from eastern Nevada and pipe it to Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas Sun reports the board agreed to send a letter of opposition to federal Bureau of Land Management officials considering allowing the pipeline to cross federal land on a 285-mile route from White Pine and Lincoln counties to Clark County.

State agriculture chief Jim Barbee says a unanimous vote Tuesday in Reno cited the impact on agriculture in rural Nevada.

The BLM is taking public comments until October before issuing a final environmental report.

State Engineer Jason King begins hearings Sept. 26 on a water authority application for water rights in Nevada near the Utah state line.

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