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September 19, 2014

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Lake Mead pipeline vote leads to fall of Water Coalition

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Sam Morris

At one time, the Clean Water Coalition had planned a pipeline that would have crossed this stretch of the Las Vegas Wash to expel treated wastewater into the deeper depths of greater Lake Mead. However, the CWC mothballed that project and the Nevada Legislature took $62 million allocated for it.

All but dead.

As of Sept. 30, that will be the status of the Clean Water Coalition, an entity that has had little mandate for almost two years, as member agencies mothballed its reason for being: to create a pipeline to return filtered water to Lake Mead.

That project is dead with a vote Thursday by the coalition’s board, whose members include representatives from Clark County, Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson.

Former County Commissioner Chip Maxfield, hired as general manager of the Clean Water Coalition after he decided not to run in 2008, is out of a job, too.

Maxfield will only be called upon on an as-needed basis, the board decided. It set aside $50,000 to pay Maxfield if he is asked to work in some capacity related to water reclamation. The lion’s share of administrative duties, amounting to keeping tabs on legal issues and refunds to ratepayers who for years contributed to the coalition, will revert to the Clark County Water Reclamation District.

The coalition’s board selected Maxfield as general manager in February 2009. His salary and benefits dropped from $180,000 in 2009 to about $110,000 in 2010.

About $62 million that the Water Coalition still had in the bank, collected from ratepayers, will be returned to its members. Those governments will use the money as they see fit.

Clark County will receive $30 million; Las Vegas $20 million; Henderson $20 million; and North Las Vegas $6 million.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Las Vegas Councilman Steve Ross said before voting.

“This is all but shutting down the Clean Water Coalition,” said board Chairman Larry Brown, who is a Clark County commissioner.

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  1. Pay attention to how our municipal governments REALLY work -- they gouge the ratepayers for a service never provided, then according to this article they'll keep that money for themselves. And Mr. Maxfield's cushy, overpaid position continues. All while essential services for our community are being cut.

    My B$ meter is into the red again with this one.

    "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are 'I'm from your government. I'm here to help.'" -- the late President Ronald Reagan

  2. It's reason for being may STILL exist, as the current waste water treatment plant that I know of: the newly built and operating City of North Las Vegas Waste Water Treatment Plant, sends its treated/filtered water to Lake Mead for reuse.

    So, if you factor the statement in the article, "its reason for being: to create a pipeline to return filtered water to Lake Mead." Well, they have YET to achieve that pipeline, they are using the SLOAN CHANNEL as an alternative, which seems fine (as long as those cute midge bugs are under control and there are zero smells).

    So the Water Coalition will still have a pulse.

  3. "So the Water Coalition will still have a pulse."

    Star -- and Maxfield will get $50k. Are we in the wrong jobs or what!

    "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are 'I'm from your government. I'm here to help.'" -- the late President Ronald Reagan

  4. Hey killer-b did you have to practice saying that all week? you keep repeating yourself............