Friday, Feb. 17, 2017

Crash course

Water looming as key issue for Nevada Legislature

Nevada State Engineer Jason King listens to public comment during a subcommittee hearing at the Legislative Building in Carson City, Nev., on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. CATHLEEN ALLISON


Las Vegas Review-Journal

Nevada lawmakers got a crash course on the state’s complicated water laws as they prepare to consider several bills dealing with the most precious resource in the driest state in the nation. State Engineer Jason King, whose office has proposed four bills this session, said more proposed laws are expected, including one to address Nevada’s long-standing doctrine of “use-it-or-lose it.” He also tried to dispel concerns that his office wants to take away domestic well rights.


Court agent rules against N.M. in water fight

Las Cruces Sun-News

An agent of the U.S. Supreme Court finalized draft rulings in a case that pits Texas against New Mexico over water from the Rio Grande. And the legal picture hasn't brightened for New Mexico. Special Master Gregory Grimsal declined New Mexico's request to toss out Texas' lawsuit — essentially reaffirming draft rulings he issued in mid-2016 that was seen as a blow to New Mexico's case.


Bill sparks debate about Utah water funding

The Spectrum

A proposal to lower property taxes due to some of Utah’s largest water districts has sparked more debate about the way state funds water as it considers projects like the Lake Powell Pipeline. Senate Bill 151 would limit six Utah districts, including the Washington County Water Conservancy District, to collecting only up to 15 percent of its total annual revenues from property taxes.