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WI working family advocates shine a spotlight on Reps' voting records; a new report says that Phoenix area can't meet groundwater demands; Nevada sporting community sends top 10 priorities to Gov. Lombardo's desk.

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Poll: Support for NV Conservation Efforts Remains Strong

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Water shortages, climate change and protecting wildlife are just a few of the issues Nevadans made clear they are worried about in the annual "Conservation in the West" poll.

Nevada is one of eight Western states where voters share their views with pollsters to gauge the level of support for conservation policies. Results show a majority of Nevadans want to see more water conservation efforts to improve drought conditions, and more renewable energy as well as protecting public lands.

Pollster Lori Weigel, principal at New Bridge Strategy, said the results indicate a strong conservation ethic among voters, although the cost of living and gas prices were also cited as concerns.

"When it comes to things like the Antiquities Act," she said, "the respondents tell us they overwhelmingly support presidents continuing to be able to use that ability to protect existing public lands as national monuments."

According to the report, 83% of Nevada participants said they support designating Avi Kwa Ame, also known as Spirit Mountain, in southern Nevada as a national monument, as part of ensuring access to outdoor recreation areas and preserving sacred native sites.

Among the biggest concerns voiced in the poll are water shortages, drought and the low water levels in the Colorado River, cited by 94% of Nevadans. They also believe local governments need to consider water availability before approving new residential developments.

Pollster Dave Metz, research partner and president of the firm FM3 Research, said the Colorado River is seen by a vast majority as not only critical to the state's economy but in need of urgent action and protection.

"The level of intensity of concern around water is really off the charts," he said, "and by a number of metrics, it is higher than it has been in most of our polling over the course of the State of the Rockies project."


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