Importance of public involvement
The Southern Nevada Water Authority has led many of the efforts related to the Las Vegas Valley Groundwater Management Program; however, it relies heavily on the input of groundwater users, including members of the public and those individuals who comprise the Advisory Committee for Groundwater Management.
In fact, it was a citizens committee that drafted the legislation officially creating the Las Vegas Valley Groundwater Management Program. Public involvement remains an important and ongoing part of the program and its activities.
Who serves on the advisory committee?
The Southern Nevada Water Authority appoints members to the Advisory Committee. These people represent different types of groundwater users in the Las Vegas Valley, as well as the State Engineer and Nevada Division of Environmental Protection. The total committee is comprised of the following:
- Two people who own and operate domestic wells.
- One representative of a community or quasi-municipal well.
- One industrial or commercial well user.
- One representative of a municipal water purveyor that owns and operates wells in the basin.
- One municipal system ratepayer.
- One representative of a private water company.
- The State Engineer or designated representative. (ex-officio, nonvoting member)
- The Administrator of the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection or designated representative. (ex-officio, nonvoting member)
- Meet to discuss issues related to the Las Vegas Valley groundwater basin and Las Vegas Valley Groundwater Management Program.
- Make recommendations to the Southern Nevada Water Authority Board regarding the groundwater basin and management program.
- Conduct public workshops at least once a year to educate the public about ongoing groundwater issues and to gather public input.
Committee members and meeting agendas
The members of the Las Vegas Valley Advisory Committee for Groundwater Management serve two-year terms and provide public oversight and input to the Groundwater Management Program.
Brittany Walker, Municipal Rate Payers
Stacey Lindburg, Domestic Well Users
John Hiatt, Domestic Well Users
Krystle Oridaniza, Commercial/Industrial Well Users
Robert McLaughlin, Municipal Well Operators
Justin Harrison, Community Well Users
Richard Avila, Private Water Companies
John Guillory, Nevada Division of Water Resources (non-voting member)
James Dotchin, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (non-voting member)
Advisory Committee Meeting Agendas
In accordance with Nevada Revised Statutes, meetings and agendas are posted on the following schedule, barring any server problems:
- Meeting agendas are posted online by 9 a.m. three business days prior to the scheduled meeting (NRS 241.020).
- Meeting minutes are posted online within 30 days after the meeting (NRS 241.035).
- Minutes typically are posted after approval by the Board, which usually occurs at the board meeting following the date minutes were recorded.
Meeting Agendas and Minutes
Notice of proposed changes to Groundwater Management Program annual fee
In 1997, the Nevada Legislature directed the Southern Nevada Water Authority to develop a program to protect and manage the Las Vegas Valley's primary groundwater supply which resulted in the creation of the Las Vegas Valley Groundwater Management Program.
To fund activities to protect the Las Vegas groundwater basin, the Nevada Legislature initiated an annual fee for well users. The current fee is:
- $13 per year for domestic wells (a well that serves only one home)
- $13 per acre-foot of permitted water use per year for all other types of wells
Funding has not kept pace with inflation and continued, severe drought has underscored the need for more groundwater basin protection. A new septic system conversion program is needed to protect the groundwater basin’s water resources and water quality.
To keep the fee current with inflation, an increase of $7 is proposed for an annual fee of $20 per year for domestic wells and $20 per acre-foot of permitted water use per year.
As part of the rate review process, a Business Impact Statement (BIS) must be prepared to evaluate the effect of the increased fee on businesses. The Water Authority Board of Directors will consider the BIS at its regular meeting scheduled for Nov. 18, 2021, and if approved, the Board will consider the proposed annual fee increase at a public hearing on Jan. 20, 2022.
Tentative scheduleNov. 18, 2021 SNWA Board considers Business Impact Statement
Jan. 20, 2022 SNWA Board holds a public hearing on fee
This notice is provided to publicly notify potentially affected businesses of the proposed annual fee increase in order to conform to the requirements of NRS 237.030 – 237.150, "Adoption of Rules Affecting Businesses." With this in mind, there are two questions for potentially affected businesses to consider:
- Will the proposed fees impose a direct and significant economic burden upon
your business? If you believe they will, please be specific as to why a particular fee imposes such a burden.
- Will the proposed fees restrict the formation, operation or expansion of your
business? If you believe they will, please be specific as to how and why a particular fee will restrict the formation, operation or expansion of your business.
Please review and evaluate how these proposed changes will affect your business in light of the two questions listed above. If you believe your business will be affected by the proposed changes, you must provide your response and any supporting data or arguments to the Southern Nevada Water Authority no later than 6 p.m., Nov. 8, 2021. See contact information below.
Southern Nevada Water Authority
Attention: Mitch Bishop
1001 S. Valley View Boulevard, M/S 760
Las Vegas, NV 89153