In 1997, the Nevada Legislature directed the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) 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.
Every year since 2000, the Las Vegas Valley Groundwater Management Program has been designated a “Groundwater Guardian” by the Groundwater Foundation, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting groundwater supplies. The Groundwater Management Program was awarded the Groundwater Guardian designation for its ongoing commitment to sound groundwater management in the Las Vegas Valley. Las Vegas is the first and only community in Nevada to receive the designation. The program supports, recognizes, and connects communities protecting groundwater, and is designed to empower local citizens and communities to take voluntary steps toward protecting their groundwater resources.
Groundwater Management program goals
Well users help shape the program
The Las Vegas Valley Groundwater Management Program receives input from an Advisory Committee for Groundwater Management. This well user group meets annually to discuss issues of interest and to develop recommendations on what can be done to protect the groundwater basin.
The committee’s recommendations have been incorporated into the Las Vegas Valley Groundwater Management Program and its various activities.
Elements of the program
The following program elements are funded through an annual groundwater management fee which is paid by all well users and holders of water permits or water rights.