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SOURCE - Spring 2013

from the executive director Forget New York, I’m in a Silver State of mind. There are many reasons Nevada is occupying my attention and why the Nevada part of the California-Nevada equation deserves some quality time in your thoughts as well. While Las Vegas is known worldwide for its incredible gaming and entertainment industry, the region is truly a progressive leader in water management. John Entsminger’s keynote at this year’s Spring Conference focused on challenges southern Nevada has addressed and continues to confront. The conference’s technical sessions represented the breadth of water utility work in the southern Nevada region, including employee safety, pipe performance, advanced water quality research and, of course, squeezing the maximum value from every drop of water. This issue of Source brings Nevada to mind for another important reason. Be sure to read our interview with Patricia “Pat” Mulroy, General Manager of the Las Vegas Valley Water District since 1989. Pat was also instrumental in creating the Southern Nevada Water Authority and has been a huge force in Colorado River issues, most recently pushing for agreement on how to share the pain of drought-induced shortages. She has a reputation as a tough, hard-nosed negotiator, but she is also a creative visionary and an innovator, and among a small number of women who have broken through the glass ceiling to head large urban utilities, which makes her an important role model for others in this predominantly male industry. We’re fortunate to have her share some of her experience, as well her opinions and predictions for the future, in this far-ranging interview, and we are fortunate to have her as a strong supporter of AWWA. This issue also reminds me of a New York connection. When Ed Koch, the outspoken former mayor of New York City passed away recently, I recalled how he used to ask city residents wherever he went, “How am I doing?” With this issue, we are taking a huge step forward in making Source as relevant, informative and readable as possible for our members and friends and associates in the California-Nevada water community. Board Chair Jacques DeBra discusses more about the goals of this “makeover” in his article, “Still the Source: Just New and Improved!” One thing that is especially important to mention is our new Milestones column, which features news of colleagues and companies in California and Nevada. So don’t forget to add us to your mailing list for news releases so we can reflect back to your colleagues what’s happening in your part of the world. And after you’re finished reading this issue, please take a minute to write and let us know “how we’re doing.” Tim 4 SOURCE spring 2013 Executive Committee Chair Jacques DeBra Chair Elect Bruce Macler Vice Chair Sue Mosburg Treasurer Rob Hills Past Chair Steve Dennis Association Director Phil Brun Association Director Dawn White Secretary Tim Worley Trustees Tom Bloomer Heather Collins Uzi Daniel Joe Guistino Kirk Medina Tanya Yurovsky Directors Conference Director Tammie Myers Education Director Scott Rovanpera Certification Director Darcy Burke Technical Programs Jessica Adams-Weber Government Affairs Rick Callender Division Chairs Business Administration David Shank Water Distribution Stephen Gay Water Resources Joe Wong Water Quality Willie Frehner Operations & Maintenance Brandy Hancocks Operators Division Bill Cardinal Councils Manufacturers Associates Council Jimmy Freeman Workforce Development Council Christina Hawkins Standing Committee Chairs Audit Rod Greek Awards Chet Malewski Personnel Selection Debra Kaye SDWA Craig Thompson Smaller Utilities Glenn Reynolds Water For People Sophie James Young Professionals Brandon Stipe In A “Silver State” of Mind Timothy Worley, Ph.D. Executive Director, CA-NV Section AWWA


SOURCE - Spring 2013
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