Groundwater management plan approved by Nevada Supreme Court

Diamond Valley historical marker

The Diamond Valley Groundwater Management plan made its way to Nevada’s Supreme Court last week and was approved. The plan can be viewed here:

(Diamond Valley Groundwater Management Plan-311-page pdf)

The Lahontan Valley News reports that groundwater pumping is reduced for junior and senior water right holders alike.  Right holders with vested rights predating 1913 are exempt from the reduction.

According to the Lahontan Valley News,

The issue went to court because Diamond Valley, in Eureka County, is dramatically over-appropriated and has been pumped at a rate exceeding its annual recharge for more than four decades. The opinion authored by Justice Jim Hardesty says 76,000 acre-feet of water is pumped from the valley every year but the aquifer can only support 30,000 acre-feet of annual pumping. As a result, Diamond Valley has been designated a critical management area, which gives the state engineer the power to impose a management plan on users.

Image Source:

Wikimedia Commons. Historical marker for Diamond Valley along Nevada State Route 278 (Eureka-Carlin Road) in Eureka County, Nevada (Famartin, September 2014)

Deborah

Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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