Utah rejects Snake Valley water pact with Nevada

Posted: Apr 5, 2013

Written by

Christopher Smart, Judy Fahys & Brian Maffly, Salt Lake Tribune
Snake Valley

Gov. Gary Herbert on Wednesday announced he is rejecting a controversial deal that would have shared with Nevada rights to water in an aquifer beneath Snake Valley, sending some 21 billion gallons of water annually to Utah’s western neighbor.

Herbert said it was one of the most difficult calls he’s had to make as governor. The governor noted that the matter could end up in court. "There is no certain outcome with an agreement and no certain outcome without it."

Late Wednesday afternoon in a prepared statement, the Southern Nevada Water Authority said it would evaluate its options in the wake of Herbert’s decision.

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