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Updated 11/2009

Walker Lake: Research funded by Senator Reid seeks ways to save Walker Lake

Research to find ways to save Walker lake, funded by legislation sponsored by Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, was recently presented at the INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON TERMINUS LAKES: Preserving Endangered Lakes Through Research.   In this document you'll read a summary of research taking place, not just here in Nevada, but around the world to restore terminal lakes.

Recent work by the University of Nevada, Reno and the Desert Research Institute are summarized in this document: 
Restoration of a Desert Lake in an Agriculturally Dominated Watershed: The Walker Lake Basin (Michael W. Collopy and James M. Thomas, Project Directors,  April 2009) Executive Summary.

Excerpt: "In an effort to save Walker Lake, Congress enacted a law in 2005 (H.R. 2419 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2006, Section 208), that created a program to acquire water rights from willing sellers in the Walker Basin. In order to enact an ecologically and economically sustainable program of water acquisitions, a large-scale integrated research program was established. The goal of the Walker Basin Project was to provide the hydrologic, ecologic, economic, and agricultural data needed to inform decisions related to water acquisitions.  This report is the product of the research program that was developed in response to direction provided in this federal legislation.  Specifically, Desert Research Institute and University of Nevada, Reno faculty were funded to: (1) develop a method to optimize the purchase of water rights in the Walker River Basin, (2) evaluate options for practicing alternative agricultural practices, and (3) evaluate the impacts that water removal from crop-irrigated lands will have on the spread of invasive plants, aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, and the local economy. "

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