As the first wet storm of the spring sweeps into the mountains around Lake Tahoe, wary water managers are watching the sky and already releasing water from swollen reservoirs to guard against flooding across northern Nevada.
“The Southern Nevada Water Authority and the Las Vegas Valley Water District began laying off 101 full-time workers Wednesday as the wholesale water supplier and its largest member utility shift their focus from chasing growth to maintaining existing infrastructure.”
“Hoover Dam has been showing its age lately, and the problem can’t be fixed with fresh concrete or new equipment.
“Roughly two-fifths of the workforce at the federal facility will be eligible to retire within five years, leaving the Bureau of Reclamation scrambling to recruit and train skilled workers while keeping one of the nation’s most important water and power facilities operational.”
“Punishing drought in California could force that state to make a sizable withdrawal from a virtual water bank in Lake Mead this year, even as the reservoir shrinks closer to an all-time low and an unprecedented shortage declaration.”
“Pat Mulroy, who recently retired after more than two decades as Las Vegas’ influential water chief, is calling for people and water managers across the West to shift their thinking about the Colorado River and focus on shared stewardship of its declining flows.
“The Clark County Commission has approved a contract with John Entsminger, the unanimous pick to replace Pat Mulroy at the helm of the Las Vegas Valley Water District and the Southern Nevada Water Authority.”
“For a quarter century, Pat Mulroy kept water flowing to the nation’s driest city.
“Her work to stretch and supplement Nevada’s meager share of the Colorado River helped fuel the explosive growth of the Las Vegas Valley, which saw its population triple during her time as water chief.”
“She wasn’t there to hear it, but outgoing Southern Nevada Water Authority chief Pat Mulroy got a warm send-off Friday from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell at the annual meeting of the Colorado River Water Users Association at Caesars Palace.
“Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will travel to Nevada on Thursday, kicking off a two-day swing to underscore the Department’s commitment to collaborative, landscape-level solutions to conservation and water issues.
“On Thursday, December 12, the Secretary will deliver keynote remarks at the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) Winter Meeting, highlighting her recent Secretarial Order establishing a Department-wide mitigation strategy to encourage balanced development and landscape-level planning on federal public lands.