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Snake Valley Festival in Baker NV fights SNWA ‘Water Grab’
The annual Snake Valley Festival held in Baker, NV featured signs focusing on protecting local aquifers from the Southern Nevada Water Authority's proposed pipeline to Las Vegas. Residents of the Snake and Spring Valleys are trying to raise awareness that if the SNWA pipeline is built the water beneath their feet will be taken to Las Vegas for the benefit of golf courses, fountains and other unsustainable development. Entire spring fed ecosystems will collapse and species like the spring snail risk extinction. Public comment sessions will be held throughout Nevada in the coming few weeks to address the concerns about aquifer depletion by the SNWA pipeline.
The report from the Snake Valley Festival;
written by Garrett Estrada
copied from the Ely Times;
June 27, 2014
"Before the Snake Valley Festival parade even started, five teenagers from Baker unfurled several long paper signs. When they held them up end to end they read “Fountains in a desert no longer possible.” It was just one of many displays that Baker, like many surrounding towns, are not going to sit idly while Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) tries to siphon water from rural Nevada through a pipeline down to Las Vegas.
Breanna Conrad was one of the teenagers holding the sign. She said that her and her friends put it together to raise awareness about their fight against SNWA’s “water grab” and generate more support for her hometown.
“We made the sign to show people that we don’t have very much water,” Conrad said. “I think it is awesome that everyone comes out here to support us with what we have been going through.”
The Snake Valley Festival held in Baker from June 20-22 has become an annual way to turn that fight into something more. This year’s festivities included a music workshop, concerts, pie sales, a silent auction and a talent show. White Pine County Commissioner candidate Gary Perea stood in a giant water bucket float in the parade. He said that he is happy to see how the festival has grown to be about a good time while still having a strong underlying message.
“Part of the point of this festival is to raise awareness about the water pipeline because it hasn’t gone away. The good news is I think we have SNWA on their heels. We just need to get more people involved to make sure that the pipeline doesn’t happen,” Perea said.
The fight between rural Nevada counties and Las Vegas over water isn’t over, but recent “victories” such as an early December decision from Senior District Court Judge Robert Estes that sent SNWA’s pipeline plans back to the drawing board have give rural Nevadans hope.
Cecelia Phillips carried a sign in the parade that read “There is no more water.” As she walked she led onlookers in a chant over and over declaring the same thing. As a kindegarden and first grade teacher in the area, she said she is passionate in her fight to protect the communities that she loves.
“If they take all of our water, there would be no more schools up here because no one would be able to live here,” Phillips said. “It’s not like once they get that straw in they are going to stop when we don’t have enough water. We couldn’t live here if they get the water and I love living here.”
List of dates and locations for public comment, not sure about phone-in options;
Nevada Division of Water Resources to hold “listening
sessions” across Nevada
CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Nevada State Engineer will be holding a series of public meetings during the
months of July and August. The State Engineer is holding these “listening sessions” to provide
information to the public on water related issues in Nevada and, more importantly, to listen to any and all
comments, suggestions and questions from the public about water related issues. The sessions will be
held at the following times and locations:
Monday, July 28, 2014 - 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Pershing County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 400 Main Street, Lovelock, Nevada
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Nannini Administration Building, County Commissioner Chambers, 540 Court Street, Elko,
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
White Pine County Library Meeting Room, 950 Campton Street, Ely, Nevada
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Lincoln County Courthouse, Commissioner Chambers, 181 North Main Street, Pioche,
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Grant Sawyer Building, Room 1100, 555 East Washington Avenue, Las Vegas, Nevada
Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
County Commission Chambers, 101 Radar Road, Tonopah, Nevada
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Bryan Building (NDWR Office), Tahoe Hearing Room, 2nd Floor, 901 S. Stewart Street
Carson City, Nevada
LEO M. DROZDOFF, P.E.
State of Nevada
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Office of the Director
Richard H. Bryan Building
901 S. Stewart Street, Suite 1003
Carson City, Nevada 89701-5244
Telephone (775) 684-2700
Facsimile (775) 684-2715
Contact: JoAnn Kittrell, 775-684-2712, jkittrell [at] dcnr.nv.gov
list found here;
extra info here;