Groups Urge Herbert to Delay Snake Valley Water Agreement

Published on March 27, 2013 at 12:46PM

A coalition of at least two dozen groups has launched an aggressive campaign to urge Utah Gov. Gary Herbert to refrain from signing a controversial water sharing agreement with Nevada until the public has a chance to weigh in. Zach Frankel, executive director of the Utah Rivers Council, say they have heard Herbert has a self-imposed deadline of April 1 to decide if Utah will sign the groundwater sharing agreement involving Snake Valley. The agreement was negotiated by the two states almost four years ago. Critics of the agreement assert it unfairly tips the balance in favor of Nevada, divvying up 18,000 acre feet of new, unallocated water to Nevada compared to Utah’s 36,000 acre-fee of water. Agreement proponents say that overall-because Utah has already developed substantially more water than Nevada in that valley-the document evenly splits 132,000 acre-feet of water between the two states.