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Foes of water-delivery plan warn of dust storms

Foes of water-delivery plan warn of dust storms



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Opponents of a plan to suck some water from the Snake Valley and send it to Las Vegas have asked the Utah Air Quality Board to look at concerns the project could create unhealthy dust storms in Salt Lake and Utah counties.

They say the plan would deplete the water table in Utah's western desert, jeopardizing native plant life and creating dust storms that blow along northern Utah's Wasatch Front.

Terry Marasco, of the Snake Valley Citizen's Alliance, told the air quality board last week that the project will stop the flow of water into Utah.

The deal would allow a pipeline to tap into the valley's aquifer, which stretches across both states, so the Southern Nevada Water Authority could draw 16 billion gallons of water a year to deliver to Las Vegas.

Information from: Deseret News

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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