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Snake Valley Water on Thursday's Access Utah

Snake Valley Water Utah/Nevada

Calling it “one of the most difficult calls he’s had to make,” Governor Herbert has rejected a deal that would have shared rights to water beneath Snake Valley with Nevada. The Southern Nevada Water Authority says that Las Vegas needs Nevada’s share of the water and wants to pipe it south. Local citizens fear that the export of water could damage Snake Valley’s environment and economy.

Members of the Utah Water Development Commission are urging Governor Herbert to reverse course and sign the agreement. They say it best protects Snake Valley water rights and statewide interests. On Thursday’s Access Utah we’ll ask you what you think. Our guest for the hour is writer and activist Jana Richman.

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.