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SOURCE - Spring 2013 17 Southern Nevada. Educating the businesses, which then help educate their employees, is huge. They were early adapters. They got it quickly. When business leads, what government is doing gains credibility. Source: Southern Nevada Water Authority is known as a progressive agency. What does “progressive” mean to you? Mulroy: Being open, not being defensive. Being objective about what may sound like a crazy suggestion, and not just rejecting it out of hand. A healthy portion of humility. Understanding the politics of your community. And empowering your workforce. You’d be amazed at how many unbelievably brilliant ideas are in the workforce somewhere and are not coming out because people are afraid. I meet every six months with every single employee in the organization. It takes a week of large group meetings, but they are very open dialogues. I share with them. They can ask anything they want. It’s a trust issue. It’s that simple. Source: Water has effectively been your life’s work. What do you consider your most significant achievements? Mulroy: The creation of the water authority for openers. That was a huge accomplishment, then our conservation efforts. The agreements on the Colorado River that we were an integral part of. We take great satisfaction out of all of these. And I’m delighted that there is a solid working relationship between the urban areas on the Colorado River, Denver, MET, CAP, ourselves—and that the states are functioning in a healthy way with one another and not a dysfunctional group of demigods. Watching this community respond and take conservation seriously and really retool itself has been tremendously rewarding. Source: How much longer will you stay at it? Mulroy: I’ve always been a public policy junkie. One of our foundational societal issues is how we manage our water resources. Water is our economic enabler. It has a huge connection to our social interactions and our social policies. It’s the reason we exist. Many people think water is going to be the next arena for armed conflict, but I believe it’s an opportunity to show that armed conflict isn’t necessary and we can have successful collaborations. And that’s what keeps me going—the interstate dynamics, the challenges that keep coming at us. It’s hard to know where life will take you, but I don’t see losing my love of this issue. And my fascination. We’ll see. S

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