She says Mulroy, Reisner said Mulwray

Patricia Mulroy. Photo: Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun. Click on the image to be taken to Morris's portrait.

WHEN Marc Reisner updated his landmark book Cadillac Desert in 1992, he mistakenly referred to the “forceful woman” who heads the Las Vegas-based Southern Nevada Water Authority as Patricia Mulwray. Her name is actually Patricia Mulroy.

Reisner’s mistake might have been a Freudian slip: Hollis Mulwray is a character in the movie Chinatown who is based on William Mulholland, the powerful founder of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

To keep reading Matt Jenkins’ update in the High Country News on Patricia Mulroy’s plan to siphon the water from the foot of the Great Basin National Park to Las Vegas, click here.

Utah concedes to Nevada water demands in draft agreement

BREAKING NEWS: Utah and Nevada today produced a draft agreement for the splitting of groundwater from the shared basin of Snake Valley.

Since making the single largest block of groundwater claims in Nevadan history in 1989, Southern Nevada Water Authority general manager Patricia Mulroy has been seeking Snake Valley groundwater, along with reserves from four other target basins, to feed a 300-mile-long pipeline proposed to tap the Great Basin Carbonate Aquifer. Snake Valley is the second most water-rich valley in the Las Vegas pipeline plan.

Bring it on

Southern Nevada Water Authority General Manager Patricia Mulroy. Photo: Sam Morris, Las Vegas Sun. Click on the image to be taken to the Sun profile of Mulroy "The Chosen One"

“TO SHORE up support for a controversial project, Southern Nevada Water Authority chief Pat Mulroy will ask her board for an ‘up-or-down vote’ on plans to pipe groundwater to Las Vegas from across rural eastern Nevada,” reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal today.

UPDATE – Saturday August 8, 2009: To read the Review-Journal about Patricia Mulroy and Las Vegas also in talks with Mexico over shared desalination deal, click here.