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Could Desalting The Pacific Ease Water Concerns In Nevada?

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The Hadera desalination plant is one of five built in Israel after a severe drought in the 1990s. Along with conservation efforts and water recycling, the plants have helped end Israel's chronic water shortages.

Desalination isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when we talk about solving Nevada’s water issues – mostly because we’re hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean.

And yet, experts will gather Saturday at the College of Southern Nevada’s Charleston Campus to discuss how the state could benefit from converting sea water into fresh water by removing its salt.

The conference, called “Green Desalination for a Water Secure Nevada,” will host speakers from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, UNLV, CSN and the Integral Scientific Institute, a non-profit think tank from Dallas that focuses on sustainable living. 

Thomas Manaugh, director, Integral Scientific Institute; Mark Bird, sociology professor, College of Southern Nevada

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Kristy Totten is a producer at KNPR's State of Nevada. Previously she was a staff writer at Las Vegas Weekly, and has covered technology, education and economic development for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. She's a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism.