BLM Nevada News
NEVADA STATE OFFICE NO. 07-21
FOR RELEASE: June 25, 2007
CONTACT: JoLynn Worley, 775-861-6515
Lincoln County Water Development Project EIS Available
Reno, Nev.—Availability of the Kane Springs Valley Groundwater Development Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement was announced in the June 22, 2007, Federal Register. The BLM will hold public meetings in Nevada during a 60-day comment period which opens with the publication of the notice in the Federal Register.
Meetings will be held in late July in Alamo, Pioche, Carson City and Las Vegas. Meeting dates, times and locations will be announced at least 15 days in advance. Copies of the document are available from the BLM Nevada State Office, 775-861-6681 or firstname.lastname@example.org. An electronic version of the document is available at www.blm.gov/nv/.
The project, as proposed by the Lincoln County Water District, would deliver water from Kane Springs Valley to the Coyote Springs development area, which is also within Lincoln County.
The draft EIS addresses the construction and operation of a system of regional water facilities which include a 13 mile pipeline, seven production wells, water storage tanks, a 12.5 kV transmission line and a fiber optic line.
The proposed project would require a right-of-way within a utility corridor that was established by the Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation and Development Act of 2004. An approved right-of-way is contingent on compliance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act. Establishment of the utility corridor has no bearing on water rights.
Lincoln County Water District applied to the Nevada State Engineer to appropriate groundwater in the Kane Springs Valley hydrographic basin. The State Engineer would be responsible for the necessary adjudication and permitting process to allow the development of those waters.
A 30-day public scoping was held on the project from March 31, 2006 to May 1, 2006. Comments from the scoping were used to develop the draft document.