Award Date

2009

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in History

Department

History

Advisor 1

David Wrobel, Committee Chair

First Committee Member

Andy Kirk

Second Committee Member

Eugene Moehring

Graduate Faculty Representative

Timothy Farnham

Number of Pages

137

Abstract

This thesis examines the history of the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) and how it has helped transform various aspects of southern Nevada's economy and environment. Prior to the establishment of the SNWA in 1991 the Las Vegas Metropolitan Area (LVMA) possessed several competing water providers whose opposition to one another adversely affected the management of water in the region. These water providers recognized this problem, came together, and negotiated the creation of a regional water agency, the SNWA. This organization, comprised of representatives from each of the LVMA's water providers has the power to institute policy across municipal boundaries. The SNWA has proven to be a remarkably potent political organization, one whose success has generated significant controversy. This study speaks to these local historical developments, while contextualizing the SNWA and water use in Southern Nevada within a larger historical context of water use in the southwestern United States and, more broadly, in desert environments worldwide.

Keywords

Authority; Las Vegas; Nevada; SNWA; Southern; Water

Disciplines

Environmental Sciences

Language

English


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