Re: [asa] IPCC on Colorado River Basin

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Date: Wed Apr 16 2008 - 12:16:35 EDT

The cab driver was probably referring to Las Vegas attempt to tap a regional carbonate aquifer in central Nevada and pipe the water to L.V.? Needless to say, it's been controversial for the small towns and ranches which might be affected by having their aquifer depleted.? For some info on possible ecological effects see

For more info on studies regarding the aquifer, see

Karl?? [ASA member]
Karl V. Evans

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From: George Cooper <>
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Subject: Re: [asa] IPCC on Colorado River Basin



Are you questioning my cab driver? :)? My quick Google effort failed to confirm his story that a newly discovered?aquifer was now in litigation, but should eventually?provide new water to meet their growth needs.


Apparently, he was too optimistic.? Today, the Vegas Sun presents desalination ideas.






Rich Blinne <> wrote:

On Tue, Apr 15, 2008 at 11:29 AM, George Cooper <> wrote:

While at an expo in Vegas last month, there was excitement and arguments over a newly discovered aquifer to the North that will augment the runoff shortage.? The extent of this aquifer was not known to my cab driver. :)



The following is from the Las Vegas Ground Water Management Program. (I didn't find any references here to any new ground water sources):

Groundwater levels have been rising in most of the long-term monitoring wells, the principal aquifer and the central part of the valley since 1990. Artificial recharge has indirectly helped stabilize groundwater levels in many parts of the basin. Since 1988, more than 200,000 acre feet of water have been added back into the groundwater supply.
While the water level rose in some parts of the valley during the 1990s, it continues to decline on the peripheral parts of the metropolitan area, the site of many domestic and community wells.

The Southern Nevada population reached 1.2 million in 1998. The growth brought a surge of new residents, many of whom have grass lawns. In the hot summer months, residents use as much as 90 percent of the drinking water supply to irrigate their lawns, contributing to an increase in the shallow aquifer.

Total pumping from the groundwater basin is about 75,000 acre feet per year. However, water recharged into the aquifers by both natural and artificial processes as well as secondary recharge of the shallow aquifer is still greater than the total water pumped out, helping stabilize the groundwater supply.

Today, Lake Mead remains our valley's main source of water, with groundwater supplementing that source and helping to meet peak demands in the summer. The Southern Nevada Water Authority is committed to finding and implementing long-term solutions to our area's water resource needs. The Las Vegas Valley Groundwater Management Program is part of a comprehensive effort to protect the valley's groundwater supply and ensure its availability to users for years to come.[Emphasis mine]

But note the following:

There is a 50 percent chance Lake Mead, a key source of water for millions of people in the southwestern United States, will be dry by 2021 if climate changes as expected and future water usage is not curtailed, according to a pair of researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.

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