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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded a grant to the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation to study the effects of climate change and a proposed groundwater pipeline on culturally significant wildlife on and around the reservation on the Utah-Nevada line.

The Goshutes will get $167,269 in advance of a plan by the Southern Nevada Water Authority to pump groundwater from northern Nevada valleys. Tribal authorities worry the plan will dry out habitat for deer, fish and other wildlife traditionally used by the Goshutes.

The agency also is awarding $192,927 to southern Utah's Paiute Tribe to help upgrade fencing in the state's Panguitch Lake Deer Management Unit. The aim is to prevent deer-vehicle collisions.

The two Utah grants are among $7 million that the Fish and Wildlife Service awarded to 37 tribes in 16 states for conservation projects.

The Salt Lake Tribune