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July 12, 2014

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State Board of Agriculture opposes proposed water pipeline

CARSON CITY — The state Board of Agriculture has gone on record opposing plans by the Southern Nevada Water Authority to pump millions of gallons of water from rural Nevada to Las Vegas.

The board has voted to send a letter of concern to the Bureau of Land Management, which is considering allowing the authority to build the 306-mile pipeline, much of it over federal land.

Jim Barbee, director of the state Department of Agriculture, said the board Tuesday in Reno voted unanimously to express its opposition to the pipeline because of its impact on agriculture in rural Nevada.

The BLM has completed its public hearings on a draft environmental impact statement and is taking comments until October before it issues its final report.

State Engineer Jason King begins hearings Sept. 26 on the application of the water authority to pump an estimated 122,000 acre feet of water from White Pine and Lincoln counties to meet the growing needs of the Las Vegas area.

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