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The Sierra Water Workgroup Summit June 2013 Lahontan Regional Water Board. Outline. Overview of the Lahontan Region Mission of the Water Boards Water Board policies to address Sierra agriculture and water quality impacts. Lahontan Region. 600 miles long 33,131 square miles

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The sierra water workgroup summit june 2013 lahontan regional water board
The Sierra Water Workgroup Summit June 2013Lahontan Regional Water Board


Outline
Outline

  • Overview of the Lahontan Region

  • Mission of the Water Boards

  • Water Board policies to address Sierra agriculture and water quality impacts


Lahontan region
LahontanRegion

  • 600 miles long

  • 33,131 square

    miles

  • larger than the

    State of Maine


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LahontanRegion

  • About 24% of the landmass of CA

  • < 2% of population

  • Primarily surface water in north basin and groundwater in south basin


Lahontan region2
LahontanRegion

Death Valley –282 ft.

Mt. Whitney 14,494 ft.


Water resources
Water Resources

  • 700+ lakes

  • 3,000+ miles

    of streams

  • 1,500+ sq miles of groundwater basins

  • 2 ONRWs

    Mono Lake and Lake Tahoe

  • 15 major watersheds


Mission of state and regional water boards
Mission of State and Regional Water Boards

“… preserve, enhance and restore the quality of California’s water resources, and ensure their proper allocation and efficient use for the benefit of present and future generations.”


Water board policies to address sierra agriculture and water quality impacts
Water Board policies to address Sierra agriculture and water quality impacts

  • Timber Harvest

  • Grazing


Timber waiver
Timber Waiver water quality impacts

  • Conditional

  • Covers timber harvest or vegetation management

  • Only applies to Lahontan Region


Bridgeport grazing waiver
Bridgeport Grazing Waiver water quality impacts

  • Conditional

  • Applies to grazing operations on private lands in the Bridgeport Hydrologic Area

  • Water Board tool to address fecal coliform water quality problem


1 million grant opportunity
$1 Million Grant Opportunity water quality impacts

  • First come, first served

  • Grazing Management Practice Implementation and Assessment on private lands in the Lahontan Region


Questions comments
Questions/Comments? water quality impacts

  • Douglas Cushman

    [email protected]

    (530) 542-5417


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