Carson River conference will look at the future
Even the experts admit that learning about the Carson River – any river, for that matter – is an endless, ongoing process.
Following the first Carson River Fishery Conference Feb. 20, another gathering of experts and those directly affected by the river will meet April 6 to discuss a plan for a sustainable future for the river and its communities.
“This conference will cover the whole river, with flood restoration and the banks as more of the focus than the last conference, which focused on the health of the fish,” said Tyler Turnipseed, who will be one of the participants at the conference. He is the Upper Carson River Watershed Coordinator for the Carson Valley Conservation District.
Monday’s all-day conference will include Sen. Richard Bryan, D-Nev., who will speak on a “Call to Action,” and Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., who will discuss “The Future of the Carson River.”
Long-time Valley rancher, Arnold Settelmeyer, will speak on the history of the watershed.
“I’ll go back to Virginia City and the fact that they took timber off practically every place and how that affected the river,” he said. “I’ll also talk about some of the flood history and the folklore of the river.”
A panel discussion of “Visions of the Citizens Along the River,” is also planned for the conference, with Dan Kaffer moderating. Kaffer is the Western Nevada Resource Conservation and Development Area Coordinator.
Other speakers include Jeff Mount, who is the chairman of the Geology Department at University of California, Davis, speaking on “How Rivers Respond to Channel Modification” and Ben Urbonas, a drainage expert from the flood control district in Denver, Colo. Urbonas will speak on “New Directions in Floodplain Management.”
John Singlaub, from the Bureau of Land Management will speak on the “Rural Lands Initiative,” and author Chris Maser will discuss “The Importance of a Shared Vision for a Watershed Community.” Maser has written a book, “Sustainable Community Development.”
Afternoon break-out workshops will cover floodplain management, river restoration goals and recreation issues.
The workshop is aimed at landowners, elected officials, business and industry leaders, resource managers, conservationists, consultants, land use planners, land developers, educators, agency personnel and other interested citizens or groups.
Conference planners hope to develop a partnership for better coordination among citizens, groups and agencies while learning more about this river which has the ultimate power over residents who live on and near its banks.
Registration fees are $25 if received by March 25 and $35 after that date. A follow-up conference will be held April 27. space is limited to the first 175 people.
The April 6 conference will be held at the Ormsby House in Carson City from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone Ella Chavez or John Cobourn at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, 832-4150, for more information or to register.
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