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Nevada Supreme Court Affirms Protecting Water for Wildlife

January 25, 2024

CARSON CITY, Nev.— The Nevada Supreme Court ruled today that the state has a right to manage groundwater for the preservation of senior water rights and the public interest, including wildlife.

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Nevada Wildflower, Toad Advance Toward Endangered Species Protections

January 24, 2024

LAS VEGAS— In response to petitions from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that two rare species found in Nevada may qualify for Endangered Species Act protections.

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Endangered Species Protection Sought for Rare Northern Nevada Wildflower

January 8, 2024

RENO, Nev.— The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to protect a rare plant called the Carson Valley monkeyflower under the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Targets State of Utah for Failing to Protect Great Salt Lake

September 6, 2023

SALT LAKE CITY— Conservation and community groups sued the state of Utah today for its failure to ensure that enough water reaches the Great Salt Lake to prevent ecological collapse.

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Court Order Sought to Block Clearcutting Project Near Nevada’s Great Basin National Park

August 23, 2023

LAS VEGAS, Nev.— Conservation groups, joined by Tribal leaders, filed a motion for a preliminary injunction today to block a Bureau of Land Management deforestation project on public lands near Nevada’s Great Basin National Park.

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Appeals Court Throws Out Permit for Utah’s Uinta Basin Railway

August 18, 2023

WASHINGTON— A federal appeals court today rejected the U.S. Surface Transportation Board’s permit for the proposed Uinta Basin Railway, designed to quadruple oil production in Utah’s Uinta Basin and move crude through the Colorado Rockies to Gulf Coast refineries.

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Rare Nevada Butterfly Moves Closer to Endangered Species Protection

August 16, 2023

RENO, Nev.— Responding to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the bleached sandhill skipper, an extremely rare species of butterfly found only in far northern Nevada, may warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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Landmark Water Case Reaches Nevada Supreme Court

August 8, 2023

CARSON CITY, Nev.— A 15-year campaign to stop real estate developers and water speculators from building a sprawling new city in the middle of the Nevada desert will come before the state Supreme Court today.

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BLM Halts Drilling Near Nevada’s Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

July 20, 2023

LAS VEGAS, Nev.— The Bureau of Land Management has officially withdrawn its authorization of a proposed lithium mining exploration project at the edge of Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in southern Nevada.

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Court Order Sought to Block Drilling at Nevada’s Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

July 17, 2023

LAS VEGAS, Nev.— Conservation advocates asked a federal judge today to prevent the launch of a lithium exploration project on the border of Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in southern Nevada. The motion for a preliminary injunction comes after the groups sued the U.S. Bureau of Land Management earlier this month for approving the project.

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Lawsuit Targets Mine Drilling at Nevada’s Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

July 7, 2023

LAS VEGAS, Nev.— Conservation groups filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management today challenging the agency’s approval of exploratory mineral drilling near the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

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Nevada Sen. Cortez Masto Pushes Bill for Colorado River Water to Feed Las Vegas Sprawl

June 15, 2023

LAS VEGAS— Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced legislation today to force approval of the Horizon Lateral Pipeline, which would deliver Colorado River water to feed new sprawl development south of Las Vegas.

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