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Las Vegas Ground Water Pumping Could Harm Regional Biodiversity


Dr. James Deacon, a biologist and Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies and Biological Sciences at UNLV, and his colleagues recently addressed the Southern Nevada Water Authority’s (SNWA) plan to tap eastern Nevada ground water and pipe it to the Las Vegas area in the September 2007 issue (volume 57, issue 8) of BioScience MagazineRead more…

Biologist: Water plan invites peril

By Patty Henetz
Salt Lake Tribune

Draining aquifers for Vegas development would endanger species, he says

Nevada’s water laws contradict the laws of nature, a prominent Nevada biologist says. And if water officials back a pipeline proposal to nurture Las Vegas growth at the expense of surrounding states, a water war and ecological disaster are guaranteed.  Read more…

Professor doubts ‘surplus’ – Tapping rural groundwater will cause harm, article’s author says

Las Vegas Review Journal

There’s no such thing as “surplus water.”

It might be described that way by Southern Nevada Water Authority officials when they apply for permission to tap into the state’s rural water supply, said James Deacon, a professor emeritus of environmental studies at UNLV.  Read more…


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