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October 1, 2014

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It was hydrologist John Bredehoeft, shown at his home in Sausalito, Calif., who first voiced opposition to the Las Vegas pumping plan in the 1980s when it was just an idea. Then, as now, he argued it amounts to ground water mining, which is illegal in Nevada. Las Vegas still maintains it needs the water to survive and grow.

Sam Morris

It was hydrologist John Bredehoeft, shown at his home in Sausalito, Calif., who first voiced opposition to the Las Vegas pumping plan in the 1980s when it was just an idea. Then, as now, he argued it amounts to ground water mining, which is illegal in Nevada. Las Vegas still maintains it needs the water to survive and grow.