West Desert Water Supply and Conservation Project
West Desert Timeline
- In 2006, CICWCD filed for groundwater in the basins of Pine and Wah Wah Valleys (WR Area 14, & 69) for 15,000 and 12,000 AC/FT respectively.
- CICWCD also filed on 10,000 AC/FT in Hamlin Valley but has not acted on such applications because at the time there were interstate negotiations between Nevada and Utah.
- 2012-2015 CICWCD contracted with the BLM, Division of Water Rights and USGS, to conduct a study on water sustainability in Pine and Wah Wah Valleys.
- May 2014, The State Engineer approved in favor of CICWCD 15,000 AC/FT from Pine and 6,525 AC/FT from Wah Wah.
- The first phase of the West Desert Water Supply Project will import water from Pine Valley.
- The District began working on importing water between 2013 and 2017, by drilling multiple test wells and conducting lithological studies, hydrologic tests, and pump tests.
- In 2015, the environmental process for the Pine Valley Water Supply and Conservation Project was started.
- During 2018, the District submitted the application for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) with the BLM.
- During 2019-2022 it is foreseen that the District, along with the BLM, will select a 3rd party environmental consultant, acquire right-of-way permits, and conduct archaeological/biological surveys to finalize and receive a Record of Decision for the EIS.