LDS Church Opposes Water Pipeline For Las Vegas

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- An attorney for The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints was among those who voiced opposition at the
conclusion of weeks of hearings about a proposed water pipeline
that would serve Las Vegas residents.

The Nevada State Engineer in Carson City, Nev., has held multiple hearings since September about the proposal by the Southern Nevada Water Authority to build a 285-mile long pipeline. The water would come from aquifers in eastern Nevada that feeds springs throughout the area as well as parts of western Utah. The state engineer is reviewing the applications, and concluded the hearings Friday. A decision is not expected for about six months.

An attorney (Paul Hejmanowski) for the LDS Church says it owns a
ranch in the White Pine County area known as Spring Valley. It contends that if the project is approved, it would dry up the water
resources in the valley and potentially introduce cheat grass, which is considered an invasive species.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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