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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