Dina Titus

Water agency chief: Gold Butte boundary change could be good

Word that U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is proposing to downsize Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada drew condemnation from environmentalist advocates and Democratic elected officials, but a measured cheer from the head of a southern Nevada water district with springs in the area.

Kevin Brown, general manager of the Virgin Valley Water District, said Monday that the boundary change his agency sought from Zinke covers about 25 square miles (65 square kilometers) in the Virgin Mountains. That's about 5 percent of the overall monument area.

A memo from Zinke to President Donald Trump recommends an unspecified reduction of Gold Butte monument about 80 miles (128...