Nevada Assembly considers emergency water permits

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Updated: 4/30/2013 6:24 pm

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Getting quick access to water when it's needed most is the focus of a bill before a Nevada Assembly committee.

Republican Sen. Pete Goicoechea of Eureka says SB134 is a response to a system flaw revealed last year when ranchers tried to get water for their livestock during a drought in northeastern Nevada.

Even on a rancher's private land, getting permission to access ground water could take six months to a year. The bill creates a temporary emergency permit available when state or federal officials declare a drought emergency in a region.

That permit is good for up to a year, and could be obtained within a week.

The bill also updates maintenance requirements for wildlife guzzlers around the state.

No action was taken by the committee.


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