Who is Nevada Water Resources Association?

NWRA is a non-profit professional association whose mission is to provide education, training and networking opportunities for those interested in understanding, developing, conserving, and protecting Nevada’s water resources.

NWRA has been in operation for over 75 years.  In 1944, Tom Smith, State Engineer at that time, spearheaded a group who focused on groundwater and agricultural issues throughout the State.  After many years of serving as a special interest group, the group became the Nevada Reclamation Association and eventually evolved to become the Nevada Water Resources Association.

NWRA is directed by a 17-member Board of Trustees representing four districts.  They are from multi-disciplinary backgrounds and are all respected professionals in their area of expertise. Four representatives from each district serve on a voluntary basis with three of the members serving a three-year staggered term and having full voting rights. The fourth representative serves for one year as an alternate and has voting rights in the absence of one of the full-term representatives.  The State Engineer is an ex-officio member.

NWRA hosts an annual conference targeted towards water professionals throughout the State.  The conference takes a multi-disciplinary approach to discuss current and ongoing statewide water issues critical to sustaining Nevada’s rapidly growing population and the many competing interests.  The primary goal of the conference is to bring key issues to the table for discussion and to provide water managers, policy makers, environmental representatives, federal and state agencies, private consultants, and the general public with a more comprehensive understanding of these issues; including the technical component and legal aspect of each issue. 

NWRA also hosts a variety of workshops, classes, tours and symposiums that cover a broad range of topics, from Nevada Water Law, the Lake Tahoe Basin, Well Construction Methods, the Truckee River, Mine Water Management, and Ground Water. Previous workshops included Sustainability of Southern Nevada’s Water Resources, Nitrate Management, Ground Water Recharge, Limnogeology, and Climate Change. Please visit our website at www.nvwra.org for membership and event information.

What does Nevada Water Resources Association do?

The primary goal of NWRA is to bring key issues to the table for discussion and to provide water managers, policy makers, environmental representatives, federal and state agencies, private consultants, and the general public with a more comprehensive understanding of these issues; including the technical component and legal aspect of each issue.

NWRA hosts an annual conference targeted toward water professionals and students throughout the State.  The conference takes a multi-disciplinary approach to discuss current and ongoing statewide water issues critical to sustaining Nevada’s rapidly growing population and the many competing interests.    The annual conference is typically held in early spring of each year.  Please check our website for conference information at www.nvwra.org. 

NWRA also hosts a variety of workshops, tours, classes and symposiums that cover a broad range of topics, from Nevada Water Law, the Lake Tahoe Basin, Well Construction Methods, the Truckee River, Mine Water Management, and Ground Water. Previous workshops included Sustainability of Southern Nevada’s Water Resources, Nitrate Management, Ground Water Recharge, Limnogeology, and Climate Change. Qualified instructors lead all of the courses, and professional development hours are available to Nevada registered engineers and land surveyors, well drillers, attorneys, water operators, appraisers and realtors. 

NWRA has facilitated several other conferences such as the National Salinity Management and Desalination Summits, the Tahoe Science Conference, the International Limnogeology Congress, and the Governor’s Summit. These events were a collaborative effort directed to encourage dialogue between technicians, policy makers, managers and others in an effort to identify and advance breakthroughs in these key areas.

To contact Nevada Water Resources Association, please visit our Contact Page.  Thank You for visiting our website!

 

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