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Turning the Tide: Water in the Desert

Photo: Ron Mader, Historic Fifth Street School

Announcing the September panel discussions, part of Building Las Vegas an initiative launched by UNLV University Libraries Special Collections and Archives. Panel discussions take place at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 South 4th Street in Downtown Las Vegas. These events are free and open to the public. RSVP to attend. Hashtag:  On Thursday, September 7 the presentation will be Turning the Tide: Water in the Desert. Wine and nibbles are served at 530pm. The formal presentation begins at 6pm. A panel of experts will discuss how the supply, quality, and management of water has affected the Southern Nevada region’s growth and development. This is the third and final segment in the Building Las Vegas panel summer series. Panelists Jacob David “Jay” Bingham, Owner and President, JDB Robert E. Lewis, President, Nevada Division, Lewis Group of Companies Pat Mulroy, Senior Fellow, William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV Virginia Valentine, President, Nevada Resort Association CLICK AND REGISTER   https://youtu.be/wqLilond43g   Poster Turning the Tide: Water in the Desert Background Building Las Vegas is an initiative launched in 2016 by UNLV University Libraries Special Collections & Archives to collect and preserve the history of the growth of our city. The Summer Speaker Series features panel discussions from experts who have helped direct and shape this growth. Building Las Vegas is planned as a five-year project that will:

  1. Collect oral histories with individuals who shaped our region’s built environment.
  2. Identify and collect archival records from architects, builders, designers, developers, engineers, planners, politicians, and more.
  3. Photograph the region to document patterns in urban and suburban development, architectural features, and the interplay between built and natural environments.
  4. Organize and preserve historical records to make them accessible for research.
  5. Digitize photographs, plans, maps, reports, correspondence, audio and video recordings, and more.
  6. Build an online, searchable repository for the public to access original evidence and first-hand testimonies about the region’s development.
  7. Create research fellowships, lectures, panel discussions, and exhibits.

Collecting Areas

  • Architecture and the built environment
  • Environmental impacts
  • Land use
  • Local businesses
  • Master planned communities
  • Neighborhoods
  • Parks and recreation
  • Revitalization efforts
  • Transportation
  • Urban planning and growth
  • Water management


  • Any recommended reading/viewing online?
  • If you were to take someone on a water-focused tour in Las Vegas, what would be the coolest places to visit? Most Instagrammable?
  • Will the Building Las Vegas speaker series continue?
  • What would the environmental and cultural impacts be of the proposed pipeline? The Center for Biological Diversity argues that the Southern Nevada Water Authority’s $15.5 billion groundwater development project violates federal environmental laws and would endanger wildlife, public lands and rural communities. The case is being heard together with a second lawsuit brought by White Pine County, the Great Basin Water Network, American Indian tribes and other groups.
  • If someone is arriving to the talk via RTC Bike Share and its convenient kiosk, what’s the more secure free parking near another downtown bike share kiosk?

Key Links https://www.library.unlv.edu/speccol/building-las-vegas https://www.library.unlv.edu/node/21725 Facebook https://www.facebook.com/unlvspecialcollections Twitter https://twitter.com/unlvsc https://twitter.com/unlvlibraries https://twitter.com/NevadaResorts https://twitter.com/p_mulroy


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