Environmental & Water Resources Institute Congress and Watershed Conference will be in Henderson, Nevada, just minutes away from downtown Las Vegas, in 2020.
The unique and booming desert metropolis of Las Vegas continues to be a curiosity among today’s U.S. cities. Las Vegas is known for its famous "strip," an adult Disneyland attracting visitors worldwide to its gaudy hotel-casino reproductions of famous world places, like King Tut’s tomb or downtown New York or Paris. Henderson was once a separate town but is now a booming commercial and retail center.
The University of Nevada at Las Vegas adds a college presence, sports entertainment and is a significant employer, as are local health care providers. The tourist industry brings excellent air service to all parts of the country at reasonable prices. The surrounding mountainous terrain offers hiking and rock-climbing opportunities and winter skiing.
Las Vegas is situated near the center of a broad desert valley surrounded by mountains rising 2,000 feet to 10,000 feet. The climate is arid with four distinct seasons. Spring is generally the most pleasant, although sharp temperature changes can occur during these months. The city is the driest and sunniest in the United States, with cloudy days averaging about 2 per month and rainy days less than 1 per month year-round.