Although we focus on cooperative efforts to protect stream flows, sometimes circumstances force us into a defensive stance. For example, we have chosen to oppose the proposed Gooseberry Narrows Dam, as well as the efforts of the Southern Nevada Water Authority to mine groundwater on the Utah-Nevada border. In both instances, TU does not stand alone, but has supported local groups and ordinary citizens who oppose these projects. In the case of the Gooseberry Narrows Dam, that means supporting the citizens of Carbon County, whose water resources will suffer (in terms of quantity and quality) if the dam is built. In the case of Southern Nevada, we support the citizens of local communities in Western Utah and Eastern Nevada whose lives and livelihoods are threatened by Las Vegas's insatiable thirst for water. The groundwater mining project also threatens fragile desert ecosystems that harbor native Bonneville cutthroat trout and other sensitive aquatic species.
While we may or may not succeed in these efforts, the resources in question warrant the attempt. Moreover, by helping fellow citizens on matters important to them, we solidify TU's reputation as a dependable ally and thoughtful voice for conservation. We also help build a broader community of groups and individuals concerned with protecting and restoring stream flows.