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LAS VEGAS -- Southern Nevada's top water official has
launched a nine-stop tour of rural communities to address concerns
and rally support for projects that would pipe water to the nation's
Through the end of August, Southern Nevada Water Authority General
Manager Pat Mulroy has scheduled trips to Elko, Ely, Logandale,
Mesquite, Pahrump, Pioche, Reno, Salt Lake City and St. George, Utah.
At each location, she plans to meet with community leaders,
elected officials and members of the media.
In the places identified as future water sources for Las Vegas --
rural Clark, Lincoln and White Pine counties -- Mulroy said her
mission will be to explain the water authority's plans and reassure
residents their water will be protected.
Mulroy also wants to discuss with White Pine County officials a
possible water development deal similar to the one the water
authority has with Lincoln County.
"I'm looking for an opportunity to perhaps throw something on the
table that breaks these discussions loose," Mulroy said. "I want to
get beyond the rhetoric."
Her first trip took her to Elko for a public meeting with the
County Commission and a visit with the mayor.
Mulroy said her goal on both days will be to "dispel some of the
myths out there."
"I want to stand in front of the Elko County Commission and tell
them there are no plans to come to Elko" in search of water, she
Mulroy will be making a quick stop in Salt Lake City, where she
hopes to speak with reporters about plans for two separate pipeline
projects that could total more than $3 billion.
The water authority hopes to nearly double southern Nevada's water
supply with the two projects, which have generated concern in Utah
because they involve the Virgin River and two groundwater aquifers
shared by Utah and Nevada.
Her stop in Ely on Aug. 25 includes a visit to the authority's new
satellite office, which will serve as an information center for those
with questions about the pipeline project. It also will provide work
space for authority staff members who travel to White Pine County to
study groundwater in the Snake and Spring valleys.
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