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Water agencies to meet at roundtable discussion

Sheila Gardner

Carson Valley’s water providers are invited to a roundtable discussion Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the CVIC Hall in Minden to talk about issues related to the county’s water resources.

“The first thing we are going to do is ask the people to tell us what their concerns are,” said water consultant Jim Vasey who helped organize the meeting on behalf of the Carson Valley Water Authority.

“I think the important thing is to let people sit in a roundtable discussion and get the issues and their concerns on the table. I hope everybody will be willing to do that,” he said.

The water authority was formed just over three years ago by Gardnerville Town Water Co. and the Minden Town Board, holders of the most extensive water rights in the Valley. The purpose of the agency is to protect the vast holdings from outside appropriation and to set up a system to distribute water throughout the Valley.

Membership in the water authority is open to any agency.

Vasey said he wanted to make it clear that the water authority was not locked into a set agenda.

Discussion items so far include protection of surface and water rights, distribution of municipal and industrial water and participation in the Carson Valley Water Authority.

“We felt those three items should at least be addressed,” Vasey said. “I’m sure some people will have definite concerns about their water resources, distribution system or protection of water. My hope is everybody will let the group know what they see as their major concerns or major issues for the foreseeable future.”

Vasey has been coordinating the water authority’s response to a challenge of the Alpine decree by the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. The Tribe claims the upper Carson River basin is being mismanaged, resulting in wasted and misappropriated water.

“The overall character of the Valley is being attacked in my opinion,” said Vasey. “If the water goes away, this Valley won’t look like it has.”

While the subject may be complicated, Vasey said he believes the issue is important to all residents and urged the public to attend Tuesday’s meeting.

“This has an impact on the future of growth and the future of this Valley,” Vasey said. “I think the public should be interested in those things. Of a more technical nature, the public should be concerned where their water is coming from and where it’s going.”

Invitations to the workshop have been sent to the county, Sierra Estates Improvement District, Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District, Indian Hills General Improvement District, Topaz Ranch Estates GID, the towns of Minden, Gardnerville and Genoa, Sheridan Acres, Washoe Tribe, East Fork Fire and Paramedic Districts, Allerman-Virginia Creek Ditch Co., Douglas County Farm Bureau, and representatives of the agriculture industry and the Carson Water Subconservancy District.

“I’m optimistic people can get together on this issue and work together,” Vasey said.

The water authority will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5 p.m. at the Gardnerville Town Water Co. Both sessions are open to the public.