[Congressional Record Volume 160, Number 25 (Tuesday, February 11, 2014)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E200-E201]
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                        HON. GRACE F. NAPOLITANO

                             of california

                    in the house of representatives

                       Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  Mrs. NAPOLITANO. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor and recognize 
Patricia Mulroy on her retirement after twenty-five years of tireless 
work for Nevada and the Colorado River as General Manager of the 
Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA).
  For over a quarter century, Pat Mulroy has been a dedicated partner 
in protecting and preserving the Colorado River Basin for varying 
interests. She is a determined advocate for the water needs of what 
once was a sleepy railroad town called Las Vegas. This was no easy 
task; she represented the driest state in the Nation with the smallest 
allocation from the River. Yet Clark County, where Las Vegas is 
located, grew from 900,000 in the early 1990's to 2.7 million during 
her tenure at SNWA. Under Mulroy's leadership, this community embraces 
water conservation as their primary means of finding ``new'' water.
  It has been said that the ultimate measure of a man or woman is not 
where he or she stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where 
he or she stands at times of challenge and controversy. Despite the 
challenges, she has been involved in almost every major water policy 
development on the Colorado River since the 1980's, including the 
historic 2007 Colorado River Interim Guidelines for Lower Basin 
Shortages. But perhaps, her closing act may be the most important of 
them all. In December 2013, Pat helped negotiate Minute 319 to the 1944 
Treaty with Mexico--a momentous binational agreement to guide future 
management of the Colorado River through 2017.
  The Colorado River Basin is better today thanks to the work of Pat 
Mulroy. As she

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leaves SNWA to take on new challenges, I want to express my deep 
appreciation for her contributions to the Colorado River Basin, for her 
dedication to her community, and for inspiring a new generation of 
women leaders in water.
  My best wishes to Pat, and continued success on behalf of the people 
in the Colorado River Basin. I ask that all of my colleagues join me to 
honor Pat for her years of public service.