The Bureau of Land Management's final environmental impact study grants the water barons of Las Vegas rights of way to build a 263-mile pipeline to siphon huge quantities of ground water from valleys in eastern Nevada to Sin City. This could easily kill off plant and animal life in these valleys, not by design, but because when the predictable environmental disaster is realized, it could be too late to reverse it.
Creating a dust bowl in eastern Nevada could spew air pollution downwind into Utah, all the way to the Wasatch Front. Sapping the underground aquifers in Nevada's Spring Valley could deplete ground water down slope in adjoining Snake Valley, which straddles the Nevada/Utah state line. For these reasons, the Las Vegas water pipeline project is environmental folly.
The Southern Nevada Water Authority, not the BLM, is responsible for this disaster-in-the-making. The Nevada state engineer, who allocates water rights in the Silver State, has jurisdiction over how much ground water SNWA can appropriate and pump, not the BLM. Still, it was disappointing to learn that the BLM's final environmental study is greased to allow SNWA to build the pipeline over federal lands. The BLM is responsible for looking after the affected federal lands, and there it has failed in its duty.