Nevada Ranch Land For Sale, Irrigated Farm Land and Water Rights.
Listed cattle ranches, alfalfa farms, land for sale in Nevada
John Wesley Powell told the International Irrigation Congress in Los Angeles in 1893; “You are piling up a heritage of conflict and litigation over the water rights, there is no sufficient water to supply the land.”
"When the Well's Dry, We Know the Worth of Water" -Benjamin Franklin
Many scientific studies today seem to be confirming their thoughts today.
Drought and Future Water Supply are cause for Growing Concern. How will it affect Nevada agricultural land values? Farm and Ranch land values will be based on the supply, demand for food will only increase. Many areas of the United States are seeing the unintended consequences of over pumping on large scales. As this continues, the question of supply will grow as the focus of debate. Priority dates will likely add value in higher demand areas.
While the science of today is far ahead of the old water witches armed with forked twigs or brass rods, much remains unknown. Global climate scientists continue to raise questions that put old models and studies in question.Much of what we are learning now, stream flow decline, historic weather patterns from tree rings, etc. are all pointing to less water in the future.
Future demographic shifts and increased demand for food will strain existing allocations and systems. The unintended consequences of surface water use, and diversion has created devastating results in some areas already.
Today pumping of ground water in some areas of the United States has lowered water tables hundreds of miles away. Recharge rates based in time may be measured in thousands of years. Looking forward one thing is certain, the demand for water will only increase.
Demographers say that the West is now, today, the most urbanized region of the nation (based on the percentage of the population living in cities), as well as the region experiencing the greatest population growth. Regional planners can not find growth models in history to compare to what they believe is coming to Lincoln County over the next few years.
Planning Today for Tomorrow, Will You Count on Them?
Eight BIG projects are currently proposed in four states. The one most relevant to Lincoln County Nevada is the ground water transfer project to build a 327 mile long pipe from East Central Nevada to Las Vegas. They propose to transfer 164,000 acre feet year of groundwater from six basins, at an estimated cost of $3.5 Billion to build. The project actually entails 200,000 afy with 36,000 afy being left in Lincoln County. The EIS study is intended to insure and protect existing water users and environmental resources from unreasonable effects. Nevertheless, many rural Nevadans object to the project, believing it may impact their region despite these precautions.
Climate change and global warming predictions aside, demographic shift projections are clear, eight to ten thousand Americans turn 60 years old per day today and this will continue for the next nineteen years.
The migration West, to the warmer, dryer climates will continue for around twenty more years. The peak birth year was 1960; they are currently 50 years old!
Many are looking to the State of Nevada as their future home, for many reasons, weather, taxes, etc. The shift has already begun and Las Vegas, Mesquite Coyote Springs, Toquop may be just the beginning.
Water as everyone knows is vital to sustain life.
Water Rights will be more valuable than oil or gold one day soon!
Nevada Land and Water News Affecting Farm and Ranch Land Values
Agricultural Farm and Ranch Land in Nevada with Water Rights is a Very Limited Resource. Development or transition Potential Ranch Land with Water Rights is even scarcer.
Eden Valley is a large private valley with potential to build your own vision. It might incorporate wind, and solar power, independent cattle operations, that would include raising your feed. The opportunity to build from scratch your own family ranch is rare. Reason being, Nevada water laws require continual beneficial use. Eden Valley has these water rights and the water is running today, yet the property is virgin. No old out buildings, no run down farm houses. Priced at $9,600,000
Water Rights, Nevada Land, and Food
The twentieth century was one of the wettest going back several centuries.
University of Arizona scientist Connie Woodhouse said tree rings in the Colorado River basin indicate that the amount of moisture has fluctuated widely over hundreds of years, but has tended to be drier than was seen in the last 100 years.
A study released by the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in San Diego said there’s a 50 percent chance that Lake Mead could run dry by 2021. Several models by different scientist have made predictions about the future flow of the Colorado River, all of which forecast less water. The current usage is simply not sustainable said Tim Barnett, one of the Scripps study’s authors. “It’s a question of when,” he said. Lake Mead is the Las Vegas water supply.
Added value to land with water rights, and irrigated farm land in Nevada. Nevada state water laws date back 100 years and are very clear. Laws vary greatly from state to state, and the Colorado River serves seven states. The control, use and ownership of water rights will dictate future development.
Climate change is the wild card in all the predictions, the collision course between supply and demand is clear. Demand for food, and the future demographic population shifts are going to increase pressure. Increased storage capacity may be one of the answers for some areas. Limits on use and conservation will play increasingly bigger roles.
Call Chris W. Miller to buy or sell your Nevada Farm or Ranch. Nevada has had a thriving market for water transfers for a number of years.
I have heard from water managers that they are holding water in Lake Powell to lower Lake Mead for political reasons. To scare the public into paying for a twenty billion dollar pipeline. It is a rumor, decide for yourself.
The Virgin River feeds into Lake Mead, the Colorado River Basin.
Many land owners up and down the Virgin River Valley have either sold or leased nearly all the water rights in the Mesquite Valley to Southern Nevada Water Authority or Virgin Valley Water District, some fields will no longer be green.