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2023/2024 Meetings

The AEG Southern Nevada Chapter holds dinner meetings eight times per year.  Meetings are typically held on the second Tuesday of the month at the Embassy Suites Las Vegas located at 4315 University Center Drive (Near UNLV between Harmon Avenue and Flamingo Road) in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Each meeting features a presentation regarding a pertinent geological, environmental, or other relevant science-based issue.

Check-in and Socialize 6:00 to 6:30 pm

Dinner: 6:30 pm

Presentation: 7:15 to 8:00 pm


Members:  $35.00

Non-members:  $40.00

Students: $17.00 (Do not Pay in Advance)

Student Non-members: $20.00 (Do not Pay in Advance)

Walk-ins: $45.00

Vegetarian options are available.  Just let us know when you


Payment for attending required at the time of registration.

NDEP - Certified Environmental Manager (CEM) Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

Attendance of a meeting will qualify for one NDEP-CEM-PDH.  There is no limit on the amount of PDHs that can be obtained by attending monthly meetings.  Become an active member of the AEG Southern Nevada Chapter and an additional four PDHs can be obtained annually.  Attending the AEG Southern Nevada Chapter meetings is a great way to network while obtaining the required PDHs necessary to maintain your CEM license.

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Tuesday - April 9, 2024

 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. PDT

"The Las Vegas 50-Year Water Plan"

By: Andrew Burns, Water Resources Division Manager   

 Las Vegas Valley Water District and Southern Nevada Water Authority 


Since 1996, the Water Authority has developed and continues to maintain a Water Resource Plan that provides a comprehensive overview of projected water demands in Southern Nevada, as well as the water resources available, or expected to be available, to meet those demands over time. 


Las Vegas will continue to lead the way in water conservation.  The plan considers several factors, such as the potential impacts of continued drought and climate change on water resource availability, as well as the potential impact of changing economic conditions and water use patterns on long-term water demands.  With continued progress toward achieving the region's water conservation goal and adaptive use of its water resource portfolio, the Water Authority has sufficient permanent, temporary, and future resources in its water resource portfolio to meet the community’s short- and long-term water resource needs. The Water Authority will continue to review and update its resource plan annually.


Over its 50-year planning horizon, permanent water resources include the Colorado River and return-flow credits, groundwater rights, intentionally created surplus, and recycled water.  Temporary water resources include water that has been "banked" or stored for future use.  This is an important management tool that provides flexibility. These resources can be used to meet short-term gaps between supply and demand. They include banking water in Nevada and California and Arizona, and intentionally created surplus.


Future water resources are expected to be available at some point during its 50-year planning horizon. These include Colorado River transfers and exchanges, Garnet and Hidden Valley groundwater, and Tikaboo and Three Lakes Valley North and South groundwater.




Andrew Burns is the Water Resources Division Manager of the Las Vegas Valley Water District and Southern Nevada Water Authority. He is a hydrologist by profession who has worked in the State of Nevada for over 30 years. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Hydrology and Water Resources from the College of Engineering at the University of Arizona in 1992.

Early in his career he worked at the Nevada Test Site supporting groundwater investigations associated with the Underground Test Area Project before working for the Colorado River Commission of Nevada as their lead Colorado River modeler. He has been with the LVVWD/SNWA since 1999 and leads a division that plans, acquires, develops, and manages water resources. He has completed extensive work monitoring and characterizing groundwater and surface-water resources in southern and eastern Nevada and the Colorado River Basin.

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October 10, 2023
“State of Geoscience in Nevada – Mining, Lithium Extraction, Geothermal, Seismicity, etc.” and “Memorial to Professor Gene Smith” by Dr, James Faulds, State Geologist, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, Reno, Nevada.
November 14, 2023
“Lake Mead Water Quality During a Historic Drought: Data and Modeling Results” by Todd Tietjen, Southern Nevada Water Authority, Las Vegas, Nevada.
January 16, 2024
“Hydrogeology of the Lower Meadow Wash, Clark and Lincoln Counties, Nevada” by Dr. Randall Paylor, United States Geological Survey, Las Vegas, Nevada.
February 13, 2024
Jahns Lecture: “Regulatory Requirements for Hazardous Waste Management Units, and How These Requirements are Applied to a Case Study in West Texas” By Cynthia Palomares, P.G., P.E., Project Manager, Industrial and Hazardous Waste Permits Section, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (Ret), 2023-2024 AEG Jahns Lecturer.
March 5, 2024
“A Novel Approach for the Remediation, Reclamation, and Development of the Three Kids Mine Site for Residential Reuse” by Kirk Stowers, Broadbent and Associates, Inc., Henderson, Nevada.
April 9, 2024
“The Las Vegas 50-Year Water Plan” by Andrew Burns, Southern Nevada Water Authority, Las Vegas, Nevada.
May 14, 2024
“Can We Mine Our Way to a Less-Warm Planet?” by Dr. Jerry King, Geophysicist, Las Vegas, Nevada.

May 25, 2024

Annual Field Trip: To be determined.

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