Rural-Urban Water Transfers in Nevada: Solution or Problem?

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by John W. Fordham, Univ of Nevada System, Reno, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management: Saving a Threatened Resource—In Search of Solutions

Abstract: Nevada is the most arid of the 50 states, yet is one of the fastest growing in terms of population. With this population growth, primarily in its two largest population centers, Las Vegas and Reno-Sparks, has come increased demands for good quality water which are outstripping existing local supplies. In order to firm these supplies and meet even greater projected future demands, a number of alternative plans have recently been made public. Each of these supply plans require water transfers from rural areas far removed from the urban centers and either converting existing rural water uses or rely on yet unproven groundwater sources. These proposed transfers have caused considerable animosity between the urban planners and the rural populations who consider the planned transfers a threat to their current and future livelihoods.

Subject Headings: Water management | Municipal water | Rural areas | Urban development | Groundwater supply | Population projection | Water quality | Arid lands | Nevada | North America | United States | Las Vegas

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