Calling it “one of the most difficult calls he’s had to make,” Governor Herbert has rejected a deal that would have shared rights to water beneath Snake Valley with Nevada. The Southern Nevada Water Authority says that Las Vegas needs Nevada’s share of the water and wants to pipe it south. Local citizens fear that the export of water could damage Snake Valley’s environment and economy.
Members of the Utah Water Development Commission are urging Governor Herbert to reverse course and sign the agreement. They say it best protects Snake Valley water rights and statewide interests. On Thursday’s Access Utah we’ll ask you what you think. Our guest for the hour is writer and activist Jana Richman.