Utah wants aquifer protection in Nevada water deal

Utah wants aquifer protection in Nevada water deal

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A top Utah official says negotiations between Utah and Nevada over a proposal to suck some water from the Snake Valley and send it to Las Vegas are focusing on how to share the water without damaging the aquifer.

Mike Styler, director of the Utah Department of Natural Resources, says the state is intent on ensuring that the Snake Valley won't dry up once the project is complete.

Styler says the two states -- in negotiations for more than three years -- are close to a federally required agreement over how to divvy up water in the aquifer.

The deal would allow a pipeline to tap into the valley's aquifer, which stretches across both states, so billions of gallons of water a year could be delivered to Las Vegas.

Information from: Deseret News

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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