Acting role of Nevada water rights officer becomes permanent
CARSON CITY, Nevada (AP) – The Acting Nevada State Administrator of Water Resources and Policy now holds the position on a permanent basis.
Adam Sullivan was appointed state engineer in the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources on Tuesday.
Sullivan has worked on Nevada water policy for more than 20 years and has worked for the department since 2009, according to a statement. He became an interim state engineer when Tim Wilson retired last November after 25 years in government service.
Governor Steve Sisolak noted that the engineer of state plays a central role in an arid and rapidly growing state with limited resources. He said Sullivan would “thoughtfully” manage water rights, claims disputes and subdivision approvals.
Conservation and Natural Resources Chief Bradley Crowell highlighted Sullivan’s experience in water resources management and said he was confident he “would continue to advance the many critical issues and policies. of water that affect Nevada “.
The division also deals with issues of drought, flooding, dam safety, wetlands and freshwater ecosystems.
Wilson’s predecessor Jason King retired in January 2019 after 28 years as a government employee, including legal fights as a state engineer involved in issues including a dropped proposal to pump water from a large rural area near the Nevada-Utah state line and direct it to Las Vegas.