Patricia Mulroy is Senior Fellow for Climate Adaptation and Environmental Policy at the Boyd School of Law and a Practitioner in Residence for the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution.
On April 10, she was featured in a Brookings Cafeteria Podcast titled, "Vegas water czar on West's water crisis."
During the podcast, she said, "I can't even tell you how proud I am of this community, and I think our business community was an invaluable partner in that. I went straight to the gamers, I had a long talk with Steve Wynn, I talked to everybody up and down The Strip, I went to the chambers, I went to the homebuilders, and I said, 'OK guys, things have to change.' We began a culture in the '90s of bringing the community into the resource planning process, and so we brought the community into a conservation planning process. ... Once they embrace it, then they become the activists. Then they become your mouthpieces. ... At the end of the day, the community responded so well that within a few short years, during a period where we increased our population by another 400,000 people, we cut our water use by one-third."
Between 1989 and early 2014, Patricia Mulroy served as General Manager of both the Las Vegas Valley Water District, a municipal purveyor serving more than 350,000 accounts, and the Southern Nevada Water Authority, the regional agency responsible for acquiring, treating and delivering water to two million Southern Nevadans and 40 million annual visitors. To view her Brookings profile, including a video, click here.