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Sandoval, agency mark 80th anniversary of hydropower from Hoover Dam serving Nevada

2016 marks 80 years since the Hoover Dam's completion. 10/26/16 (Kyndell Nunley/KSNV)

Southern Nevada celebrated a big milestone Wednesday. The Colorado River Commission has been serving the state through hydropower from the Hoover Dam for the last 80 years.

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval was in attendance for Wednesday's 80th Anniversary festivities, marking a celebration for not only those who live in the state but a large part of the history of the United States, as a whole.

Construction on the Hoover Dam began in 1931 and was completed under budget and in record time, 80 years ago, in 1936.

The national landmark sees about 1 million visitors each year and is also one of the largest hydroelectric power facilities in the country.

Governor Sandoval pointed out the facility still serves about 250,000 Nevadans through hydropower. Today, the governor made sure that trend continues, and with a long list of providers right here in the state. Power contracts that will extend hydroelectric power for another 50 years now have his signature on them.

"This is a resource that was built right here in Nevada. It's provided to NV Energy, to Lincoln County, to the Department of Corrections, the state, UNLV, College of Southern Nevada, allows them to have access to cheap power which is obviously a benefit to the taxpayers of our state," said Governor Sandoval.

As we as a state mark this 80th year of Hoover Dam's hydroelectricity to our state, it is also important to remember those who brought us to this point. During the great depression, over 5,000 men made their way to Nevada to build it, while working in average temperatures of 119 degrees. Acts which brought hydropower to the state for the last eight decades and will continue to for at least another 50 years.

Hoover Dam is a National Historic Landmark and has been rated by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of America's Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders.

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