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UNR gets national grant to help solve Nevada’s water needs

Las Vegas
Associated Press

The University of Nevada, Reno was awarded nearly $150,000 to help develop solutions to water needs in the state.

The grant of $149,923 comes from the National Science Foundation, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto’s office announced on Tuesday. It will be used to partner public, private and tribal groups for “Nevada Water,” who will work on sustainable water projects.

“Nevada has endured two decades of drought, and we must prepare for continued challenges caused by climate change and a drier West,” Cortez Masto said.

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Her office said this new program “could help fund a regional water recycling project that will produce enough water to serve more than 500,000 households in Southern Nevada and California.“

The Bureau of Reclamation in 2021 declared the first-ever shortage on the Colorado River, which means Arizona, Nevada and Mexico are getting less water than normal this year, the Associated Press reported.

By 2025, there’s a 66% chance Lake Mead, a barometer for how much river water some states get, will reach a level where California would be in its second phase of cuts.

Kristen DeSilva (she/her) is the online editor for Nevada Public Radio. She curates content on, our weekly newsletter and social media for Nevada Public Radio and Desert Companion.