Award Date

Fall 1998

Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Environmental Science

Advisor 1

Dr. Shawn L. Gerstenberger, Assistant, Professor Department of Environmental Studies

Number of Pages



This thesis deals primarily with residential use of water in the Las Vegas Valley, an arid climate located in the Mojave Desert, and whether the education of people living here has any bearing on whether or not they conserve water. Many of the residents of the Las Vegas Valley have moved from other areas of the country, and perhaps are not aware of the fact that there is a limited supply of water available to the Valley. I believe that people are not necessarily wasteful, and that they would want to conserve water, if they were aware that conservation and the efficient use of water are a concern.

Although conservation has been used in past to pull communities through short-term crises, such as drought-induced shortages, I agree with the literature I have reviewed that looks at conservation as a method to meet long-range water needs.

I believe that we need to educate the residents of the area as to the climate and what plants and grasses will grow with less water. Cost is not the only factor that determines water use. Education is extremely important. People need to know how much water we have available to us, and how best to conserve what is available so we may enable others to benefit from it as well.


Las Vegas Valley (Nev.); Nevada; Water conservation economic aspects; Water conservation study and teaching; Water consumption; Water efficiency study and teaching; Water supply


Civic and Community Engagement | Desert Ecology | Environmental Policy | Environmental Sciences | Natural Resources and Conservation | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Sustainability | Water Resource Management

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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