CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2007 |
WHEN rancher Dean Baker and his three grown sons gathered for their regular 6:30 a.m. coffee klatch a few years ago, the topic went beyond the usual cow-calf talk. Should they fight or sell out? Three hundred miles to the south, Las Vegas' determined water czar, Pat Mulroy, was laying ambitious plans to pump rural Nevada groundwater to her booming city of dancing casino fountains and new housing tracts.
January 24, 2003 |
Southern Nevada water officials declared a drought watch and called for strict measures to cut water use this summer. Effective in June, Las Vegas-area homeowners won't be able to water landscaping as often and won't be allowed to plant grass in frontyards, according to a plan adopted unanimously by the Southern Nevada Water Authority. Nevada is getting less water from the Colorado River because of a dispute among California water agencies that prompted Interior Secretary Gale A.
April 17, 2007 |
A plan to pump billions of gallons of groundwater from a rural valley to Las Vegas was cut to less than half the requested amount by the state's water engineer. An order issued by state engineer Tracy Taylor says the Southern Nevada Water Authority, which requested about 91,000 acre-feet of water yearly from Spring Valley, can pump 40,000 acre-feet of water per year for 10 years.
April 20, 2003 |
Lake Mead's water level probably will slip to drought alert status by the end of the year and could create an emergency water shortage by 2005, according to a Southern Nevada Water Authority official. Deputy Chief Kay Brothers told board members that the snowpack on the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains isn't deep enough to end the worst drought in more than a century.
December 4, 2002 |
Taking another step toward power independence, the Corona City Council has voted to use its eminent-domain powers to take over Southern California Edison's electric distribution lines. The council unanimously approved the takeover resolution late Monday, starting what could be a long legal process. Edison said that its property isn't for sale and that it would fight to keep it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1996 |
Las Vegas was a blip on the population charts when seven Western states began divvying up the riches of the Colorado River. The Colorado River Compact was crafted in 1922 when agriculture dominated politics and the economy, and this tiny rail stop had 4,859 residents. The compact allocated 15 million acre-feet of water annually to the seven states. California won the lion's share, 4.4 million acre-feet, followed by Colorado with 3.9 million, Arizona 2.8 million, Utah 1.