WEST WENDOVER, Nev. (AP) — The cities of West Wendover and Wendover, Utah have filed a series of joint applications with the Nevada state engineer for water appropriations in outlying aquifers in future years.
Five applications for groundwater near Pilot Valley northwest of West Wendover cost the cities an estimated $2 million. They project the water wouldn't be put to beneficial use for about 15 years.
Several Pilot Valley residents recently spoke out against the water grab before the Elko County Commission. Susan Perkins said she's confident if it was put to a vote, the majority of residents there would be against the idea.
James Stappenbeck said local residents and ranchers would get stuck with most of the costs of drilling for deeper for water.
The county commission endorsed the applications on a 4-1 vote.
Information from: Elko Daily Free Press, http://www.elkodaily.com
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