Humboldt River Basin Counties Eye
Regional Water Plan as Counterweight
by Mark Waite
Elko Daily Free Press
|Members of the five-county Humboldt River Basin Water Authority are planning to take the idea of drafting a regional water plan back to their respective county commissions.|
the authority is pushing a bill before the Nevada
Legislature that would require officials to consider such
plans when developing a state water plan to ensure that
rural areas have their say in the process.
A state advisory board on water resource planning and development that is drawing up guidelines for a state water plan is dominated by urban interests, consultant Mike Baughman told the authority board at its meeting Friday in Lovelock.
Authority Chairman Paul Miller, a Winnemucca city councilman, agreed the board is dominated by Reno and Las Vegas interests.
"They have to look at us more as a region," Miller said.
A regional water plan would have more weight than water plans filed by individual counties, he said. The five counties are Elko, Eureka, Lander, Humboldt and Pershing.
Board member Hugh Montrose of Pershing County agreed local water plans aren't the way to go, and Dick McDougal of Lovelock also endorsed the idea of a Humboldt Basin approach to water planning.
Eureka County Commissioner Pete Goicoechea said the Humboldt River Basin Water Authority needs to participate in drawing up a water plan.
changing face of Nevada water usage was seen as a major
issue in the plan.
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