Nevada Ranchers Threatened by Las Vegas Water Pipeline

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Ranchers in eastern Nevada are afraid they’ll be put out of business by the Southern Nevada Water Authority, which wants to build a 300-mile pipeline to siphon billions of gallons of water annually from the valleys where they raise cattle and sheep. They fear that the removal of so much water would dry up their springs and make ranching impossible, much like the building of the Los Angeles Aqueduct dried up California’s Owens Lake and ended most farming in the Owens Valley. Photos are from Dean Baker’s ranch near Great Basin National Park, where he raises cattle and alfalfa, and from Hank Vogler’s Need More Sheep ranch in north Spring Valley.

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