Desert Wars: Water and the West
It's a story as old as the West itself, a story of water and power: who has it and who wants it. Competing interests debate how growth, development, preservation, and conservation are at stake in the future of the West. Desert Wars: Water and the West explores these pressing issues by looking at the conflicts surrounding the future of the Snake Valley groundwater aquifer in Nevada and Utah's west desert and at efforts to tap it for Las Vegas, Nevada. Ranchers and farmers in small towns like Callao and Partoun in Utah, and Baker, Nevada, depend on the aquifer for their way of life. Las Vegas, one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, wants part of this water to support its burgeoning growth. Proposed groundwater pipelines flowing to Las Vegas could possibly affect not just small towns and ranching communities but also Great Basin National Park, Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge, and many endangered species.
KUED takes a look at the extraordinarily complex battle for the resource that will control the future of the West.
Running time: 56 minutes.