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Nevada water authority backs out of $15B pipeline project

May. 22, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Southern Nevada Water Authority has backed out of a pipeline project designed to pump billions of gallons of water from eastern Nevada to Las Vegas. The authority's board of directors voted unanimously Thursday, ending the state and federal permitting process, including withdrawing...

Hammonds drop appeal to compete for lost grazing allotments

May. 14, 2020 11:23 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Hammond Ranches has dropped a legal challenge against the federal government, at least for now, to compete for cattle grazing allotments in eastern Oregon it lost last year. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management can now choose whether the Hammond family or one of three neighboring ranches...

This undated photo provided by Nathan Newcomer shows the Middle Box of the Gila River west of Silver City, N.M. Portions of the Gila River would be designated as “wild and scenic” under legislation unveiled Tuesday, May 12, 2020, by New Mexico Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich. (Nathan Newcomer via AP)

Senators seek to designate Gila River as 'wild and scenic'

May. 12, 2020 1:38 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Portions of the Gila River would be designated as “wild and scenic” under legislation unveiled Tuesday by New Mexico’s two U.S. senators. Spanning parts of New Mexico and Arizona, the river and other main tributaries in the area make up the largest remaining...

Report: Yakima water supply still healthy for farmers, fish

May. 8, 2020 3:40 PM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — There should be a healthy supply of water for farmers and fish in Washington state this season, despite a dry spring the last two months, a report said. The state Bureau of Reclamation said farmers with junior water rights are expected to receive a 91% supply, slightly down from...

Conservationists oppose water rights for Nevada gold mine

Apr. 10, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Five conservation groups have joined a tribe’s effort to block the expansion of a northeast Nevada gold mine they say would suck water from other area users and destroy cultural resources and habitat for sensitive wildlife dependent on nearby wetlands. The environmentalists filed...

FILE - In this March 27, 2017 file photo the Pecos River flows near the U.S.-Mexico border near Terlingua, Texas. Ranchers in a southeastern New Mexico community and a potash company are locking in fight over water rights connected to the Pecos River. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)

Ranchers get legal win in fight over Pecos River rights

Apr. 8, 2020 12:27 AM EDT

CARLSBAD, N.M (AP) — Ranchers in a southeastern New Mexico community are claiming victory in a legal battle with a potash company over water rights connected to the Pecos River. A state district judge ruled last week to call on the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer to show cause for issuing the...

Report: Healthy water supply available for irrigation season

Apr. 7, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The Yakima Basin water reservoir is about 102% of normal for this time of year, meaning farmers and fish in Washington state are expected to receive a healthy supply of water this year, a report said. The Washington state Bureau of Reclamation released the April report showing that...