Thursday, March 31, 2011

Snake Valley Groundwater Database

Dear Snake Valley Enthusiasts,
I am pleased to tell you that the UGS has activated a database portal for its ground-water monitoring project in Snake Valley and adjacent areas:
The web page was developed primarily by Kevin Thomas, Quinton Williams, Steven Bowman, myself, and Lucy Jordan at UGS, and contains all of our water-level data from as far back as 2006, data on the wells and spring-monitoring facilities, and links to other information about the project including well logs and water chemistry. We update the database quarterly.
Thank you all for your cooperation, input and good company during the course of this work!!! We are currently working on the final report for the project; these things always take much longer than I hope, but I'll let you know when it is released.
Hugh Hurlow, Senior Geologist
Ground Water and Paleontology Program
Utah Geological Survey
1594 W. North Temple
Salt Lake City UT 84114


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

World Water Day

Okay, this is a fairly new designation, but it's something to think about: how do we use water in our world? How can we use it better?

Check out this website for ideas:

Friday, March 11, 2011

Comments Needed to Keep Transmission Lines out of Snake Valley

Huge 600 kV transmission lines could be marching across the southern part of Snake Valley, past Crystal Peak, by the Burbank Hills, and around the south end of the Snake Range. But if we have enough comments, there's a very good chance we can stop them.

The proposed action is to have transmission lines follow current transmission line corridors and/or paved roads from the Delta, UT to Milford, UT area. However, an alternative has that transmission line coming over to Snake Valley before meeting up with the SNWA proposed corridor down in Lincoln Valley and heading south to Las Vegas.

Here's the overview provided by the BLM:

TransWest Express, LLC, has filed an application for a right-of-way to construct and operate a 600kV overhead direct current transmission line to cross public and private lands for the TransWest Express 600kV Project. The extra high voltage line is designed to carry renewable power generated in Wyoming to the Desert Southwest.

The project begins in south central Wyoming, crosses northwestern Colorado, crosses Utah diagonally from northeast to southwest and ends south of Las Vegas at the Marketplace hub in the Eldorado Valley area (near Boulder City, Nevada).

Western Area Power Administration (Western) plans to partially fund the project under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and will be joint lead agency for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. The project plans to provide 3,000 megawatts of capacity by 2015.

  • 600 kV direct current overhead transmission line
  • Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) being prepared
  • 700+ miles long
  • Typical guyed V String lattice structures
  • Average tower spans are 900 to 1,500 feet apart
  • Proposed and alternative routes affect 22 counties within Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and Nevada
  • Scoping meetings are planned for winter season 2010-2011.

Scoping comments are being accepted until April 4.

Here are some things to consider putting in your comments:
1. The companies should have contacted our communities and offered to have a public scoping meeting here. Instead, we've only found out about this project in a very roundabout manner.

2. Crystal Peak is considered to be a sacred area by some, and having 100+ foot towers next to it would greatly change its character.

3. Having transmission lines and towers next to the Wah Wah Wilderness Study Area (that includes Crystal Peak) and the Highland Ridge Wilderness Area (at the south end of the Snake Range) would severely impact the wilderness characteristics of these areas.

4. Visitors to Great Basin National Park would not appreciate the visual intrusion of colossal transmission lines and towers.

5. The American Discovery Trail, the nation's only coast-to-coast trail, passes by Crystal Peak. Hikers and riders on this trail would be impacted by the transmission lines and towers and their visual impacts.

6. Many of the roads in these remote areas are impassable for days/weeks at a time due to snow and mud, so logistically this is not a good alternative.

Emails can be sent to:

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Water Protests Needed


There will be a water workshop at the Border Inn March 10, 2011 Thursday 6:00 pm

Because of the Nevada State Water Engineers’ decision that the
protests that we filed last year could not be applied to the 1989
applications we must go through the process of filing new protests.

If you filed protest in 1989 you don’t need to file new protest, but you
need to let the engineer know that you want your protest to stand.

There will be the opportunity to signed on with the Great Basin Water
Network and their protests, but we need your signature. Please come
and find out your choices.

If you have questions please call or visit with Gary Perea. (775-234-7300)

More info can also be found at the Great Basin Water Network website:

One Page Attachment "Statement of Reasons" for Protesting SNWA 1989 Applications
This one page attachment to a standard protest form includes reasons you can check off and add to if you wish. See our action alert for additional information on protests or use our easy to fill in protest form which has already included reasons in a checklist format that can be filled out and printed with Adobe Acrobat Reader. (
Download report (33.5 Kb)

Six Page Attachment "Statement of Reasons" for Protesting SNWA 1989 Applications
This six page attachment to a standard protest form includes detailed reasons. See our action alert for additional information on protests or use our easy to fill in protest form which has already included reasons in a checklist format that can be filled out and printed with Adobe Acrobat Reader. (
Download report (56.0 Kb)

Protest Form
Download this Protest Form of SNWA's applications in Spring, Cave, Delamar, and Dry Lake Valleys by clicking on the link below. See our Action Alert on this page for information on filing a protest of SNWA's 1989 Applications.
Download report (73.2 Kb)

Maps of 1989 Applications in Spring, Cave, Dry Lake, and Delamar Valleys

Download report (2.3 Mb)

Water Gab - March 2011
Download to get all the critical information on the re-noticing and new protest period for the Southern Nevada Water Authority's water applications in Spring, Delamar, Dry Lake, and Cave Valleys.
Download report (381.5 Kb)

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Authorization to join Great Basin Water Network Protests
In order to join GBWN’s protests, your authorization must reach our office no later than March 18, 2011.
Download report (43.9 Kb)

List of SNWA Applications Open for New Protest Through March 24, 2011†
The 25 Southern Nevada Water Authority applications shown for 126,054 acre-feet of groundwater exported through a 300-mile-long pipeline annually are open to protest once again after the Nevada Supreme Court sided with the Great Basin Water Network on behalf of protestants and invalidated earlier State Engineer rulings.
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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Snake Valley Festival

Looks like this year's Snake Valley Festival will be the biggest and best yet.
Here are some of the details. To keep up with the latest, bookmark the Festival Website.

Snake Valley Festival

June 17-19, 2011

Snake Valley, Nevada-Utah

Tentative Schedule

All times Pacific Daylight Savings Time

Friday, June 17

6:30 PM Ice Cream Social- Baker Community Center

7 PM Wine Tasting, T&D’s

Saturday, June 18

7:30-9:30 AM Pancake Breakfast—Baker Main Street

8 AM-12 PM Yard Sale – Baker Main Street

8 AM – 1 PM Booths – Baker Main Street

10 AM Small Town Parade—Baker Main Street

11 AM-1 PM Food Booths—Baker Main Street at T&Ds

11 AM-2:30 PM Silent auction---Baker Hall

11 AM-2 PM Kids’ Games—Baker Hall Lawn

1 PM -4 PM Entertainment---T&D’s (specific acts to be announced)

4 PM Massive water fight--Playground

6 PM Barbeque dinner---Border Inn

7:30 PM Live auction---Border Inn

8:30 PM Karaoke—Border Inn

Sunday, June 19

7:30 AM 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run

8:30 AM Pancake Breakfast

All day: Lehman Caves Tours-Great Basin National Park (advanced reservations recommended 775-234-7331 x242)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Festival Planning Meeting

If you'd like to help plan this year's Snake Valley Festival, we're having a planning meeting Friday night at the Border Inn at 6 p.m. (NV time). We're expecting to have some of the favorite events from the past few years, like the best little-town parade that goes around twice in America, super local entertainment, name-your-own-price yard sale, and interesting booths and yummy food. Plus we have in mind some new things, but we need plenty of people to help make it a reality! Be sure to mark June 17-19 on your calendars--it will be a great weekend!