Walker River Basin Research Projects. James Thomas, Desert Research Institution. Walker Lake Basin Diverse Interests. Farming—Mason Valley is the largest economic agricultural valley in Nevada Native American tribe in lower part of the basin
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James Thomas, Desert Research Institution
1. Decision Support Tool (Watershed Model) for Water
2. Project Historical Account
3. Alternative Agriculture and Vegetation Management
4. Plant, Soil and Water Interactions
5. Current Ecological Health of Walker River and Lake
6. Health of River Channel and Lake with Increased Flows
7. Water Conservation Practices for Agriculture Producers
8. Economic Impact and Strategies
9. GIS Database Development: Water Rights and
Distribution, Demographics and Economics
10. Wild Horse and Burro Marketing
Science will be used to inform water rights purchases:
Walker Lake basin projects (DRI, UNR, and USGS studies) will provide a unique opportunity to obtain a wealth of information on understanding the hydrology of the basin from the Sierra Nevada to the lake, the health of the river and lake, agricultural alternatives, restoration of fallowed land, and the economics of the basin.
The following presentations by DRI, UNR, and USGS scientists will provide an update on some of the ongoing research in the basin.