Utah gov undecided on Snake Valley water deal

Utah gov undecided on Snake Valley water deal

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah Gov. Gary Herbert hasn't made up his mind on whether he supports a proposed agreement with Nevada over the shared Snake Valley aquifer.

In 2004, Congress required Utah and Nevada to reach an agreement on dividing up the water in the aquifer, which straddles the state line. The Southern Nevada Water Authority wants to eventually start delivering rural groundwater from the aquifer to the Las Vegas area.

The draft agreement dictates construction of the pipeline can't begin until at least 2019 so the environmental impacts can be fully studied.

Both states would be entitled to half the water in the aquifer under the agreement.

Herbert spent Friday listening to Utah residents' opinions on the agreement.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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