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Water guidelines subject of presentation

by Sheila Gardner

The Carson Water Subconservancy District road show will make stops in Minden and the Gardnerville Ranchos on Wednesday to introduce 11 “rules to live by” for stewardship of the Carson River watershed.

“These are real ‘mom and apple pie’ issues,” said Ed James, general manager of the subconservancy district.

“We’re focusing on what we call guiding principles. How do we want to see this watershed? It’s important, as we get the watershed in shape, that we first know where we are coming from,” he said.

The 11 principles touch on such issues as property rights, water quality, floodplain protection, integrated land management, open space preservation, education and public information.

“We hope to get consensus that these are important elements that counties and cities will consider when involved in their planning process,” James said. “A lot of people have been involved – federal and state officials, ranchers, private citizens – coming to the table and working together. We had public gatherings and got input from about 70 people that helped us define these 11 guiding principles.”

The first principle is “manage the water’s resources for economic sustainability, quality of life and protection of private property rights.”

The concept is included to respect basic property rights and could be implemented through water projects and programs within the confines of the Alpine Decree, according to a subconservancy district fact sheet.

James said the subconservancy district, which has no regulatory authority of its own, hopes that entities up and down the Carson River will buy into the rules for the river.

“Ultimately, we plan to hit each county through March and April. We hope to make presentations to 20 to 30 organizations,” James said.

The subconservancy district is a taxing agency created by the Nevada Legislature to address Carson River-related issues in Douglas, Lyon and Churchill counties and Carson City. Efforts are under way to add Alpine County, Calif., which would make the district a bi-state agency.

The Carson River originates in Alpine County, Calif. and ends 184 miles away in Churchill County.

Watershed coordinator Meg Getty will make presentations to the Minden Town Board and Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District trustees on Wedesday. She is scheduled to address the GRGID trustees after 6 p.m. and Minden at 7:15 p.m.