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Letter from Walter R. Bracken (Las Vegas) to Frank Strong, October 11, 1945


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Bracken asks if the Las Vegas Land and Water Co. should oppose a proposed well by Kenny Searles.

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Box 75 Folder 174-2 Vol. II pt. 2 Department UPRR Water Supply-Las Vegas


hln001099. Union Pacific Railroad Collection, 1828-1995. MS-00397. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.


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Mr. Frank Strong: My attention has been directed to an application for permission to drill a water well about a 1/4 mile east of our new Well #11. The application is #11323 by Kenny Searles for 1.5 SF to irrigate 150A. in the SE/SW Section 32 TS 20 S R 61 E. This application calls to mind a situation which is still growing worse in the Las Vegas Artesian Valley. I understand permits to appropriate water have already been issued covering more water than there is in the under- ground channel. You will recall our first protest in the Griffith application was none too successful; unquestionably it made the community more conscious of the importance in conserving the underground water supply, but apparently did not change the State Engineer's policy of approving each application in the absence of a specific protest. We filed a general protest against drilling of wells in the vicinity of our holdings but were advised no action could be taken on such unless we filed a specific protest. I believe we discussed the Bonanza brought in by Mr. Wick in the Paradise Valley about 6 weeks ago where he produced a flow of 3,060,000 G.P.Day. A well of this kind on the Searles acreage would undoubtedly affect the production of our wells. W Will be glad to have you discuss this with Mr. Bennett and advise whether we should take any action at this time. WALTER R. BRACKEN cc: Mr. E. E. Bennett Mr. L. A. McNamee Las Vegas - October 11, 1945 W 23-1-B