Seniors Group Granted Appeal
Against Mega-Water Project
By Steve Miller
copyright © 1996, Electric Nevada
|A seniors alliance opposed to a $1.7 billion Southern Nevada water project has won an initial appeal against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's approval of the plan.|
Las Vegas-based Nevada Seniors Coalition --- which says
there are serious flaws in the environmental impact
statement filed for the project by the Southern Nevada
Water Authority and the federal agency --- learned Friday
afternoon its appeal had been granted.
"We got word from Interior this afternoon," Dr. Larry J. Paulson, a Colorado River water quality expert who donates his consulting services to the Coalition, told Electric Nevada.
"We're finally getting on a more level playing field," he said.
The Nevada Seniors Coalition is a nonprofit organization of Las Vegas senior citizens concerned about quality of life issues.
L. Kenneth Mahal, Coalition president, filed the notice of appeal --- prepared by Paulson --- with the U.S. Department of Interior's Office of Hearings and Appeals December 19. That had followed months of controversy over the $1.7 billion project, which, Mahal and Paulson say, would almost triple the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) water treatment
capacity --- taking it from an average capacity of 400
million gallons of water a day (mgd) to 1.1 billion mgd.
[people]. This is really a terrible thing they're trying
to do -- they're trying to stop growth by not wanting to
pay this quarter-percent sales tax to pay for getting
this water plant going."
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