Friends of NWRA



Visit the Nevada Division of Minerals “Open Data Site”

The Nevada Division of Minerals recently deployed an open data site which houses information and interactive maps on the following topics:

  • Active Mining Claims in Nevada
  • Inferred Active Lithium Placer Claims in Nevada
  • Nevada Public Land Issues, including proposed mineral withdrawals
  • Dissolved Mineral Resource areas with limitations

We recently updated the mining claims interactive map to simplify the BLM LR2000 database claim research process.

We have included pop-ups with direct links to specific BLM LR2000 reports to facilitate claim research.

Mining claim data is updated from the BLM LR2000 database in October, February, and June.

A simple tutorial explaining how to navigate in the interactive maps is located directly under each interactive map.

Here is the link to the open data site

For questions, comments, or suggestions please contact Lucia Patterson at

$1,000,000 Available for Nonpoint Source Water Pollution Prevention Projects

The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) has approximately $1,000,000 dollars in federal funding available to provide grant assistance for projects that prevent or control nonpoint source water pollution, the leading cause of water quality impairment in Nevada. 

Nonpoint source (NPS) water pollution occurs when rain, snowmelt and irrigation water flows over developed or disturbed land, carrying with it contaminants including oil, sediment, pesticides, bacteria and nutrients. This contaminated water makes its way into Nevada’s waterways either directly or through storm drains.

All proposals must follow the guidelines for application outlined in the Request for Proposals (RFP), which is available for download at State, local and tribal governments, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions are eligible to apply. A non-federal match (cash and/or in-kind) of at least 50 percent of the total project cost is required.

Examples of projects eligible for funding include:

  • Water quality improvement projects;
  • Public education programs aimed at reducing NPS pollution;
  • Implementation of Low Impact Development practices, and,
  • Identified projects from an approved watershed implementation plan and/or Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) implementation plan.

Proposals will be accepted between 8:00 a.m. July 9, 2018 and 5:00 p.m. August 24, 2018. Selected proposals will be awarded federal funds available under Section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act, and will be administered by NDEP’s Nonpoint Source Program.

RRNW is gearing up for the 18th Annual Stream Restoration Symposium at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson Washington February 5-7, 2019!  We have issued a call for Session Proposals and Oral Presentation/Poster Abstracts. To get all the details and links to submit via our new online submission platform, please visit our website at  

Session Proposals are due August 13, 2018.
Abstracts for oral and poster presentations are due September 10, 2018.

The Summer 2018 issue of Nevada Water News, the quarterly newsletter for the Nevada Water Resources Research Institute (NWRRI), is now available on the NWRRI website. Inside you will find articles on the water resources research being conducted in Nevada, as well as the principal investigators and students conducting the research.


Journal of Paleolimnology

I want to bring your attention to publication (finally!) of two special issues of the Journal of Paleolimnology ( that contain papers from the 2015 ILIC6 meeting held in Reno Nevada.  The first issue on pre-Holocene lakes is already online at the JoPL webpage, and the second on Holocene and modern lakes will be published at the end of January.  I'd like to thank all the authors for being persistent and patient in getting these issues published.

Abstracts will be called for shortly.

Michael Rosen
IAL Chair

CWSD's Video Series Debut:
Conserving the Carson River Floodplain as a Community Asset

Carson Water Subconservancy District is delighted to debut this new video series underscoring the importance of conserving the Carson River Floodplain.  Please pass them on!

Click links below to view these four videos:
Public Service Announcement (PSA) - Conserving the Carson River Floodplain as a Community Asset 
Agriculture’s a Good Fit for Conserving the Carson River Floodplain as a Community Asset
A Case for Developers to Conserve the Carson River Floodplain as a Community Asset
Our Officials in Conserving the Carson River Floodplain as a Community Asset

These videos are intended to increase flood awareness, reduce flood hazards, and spur actions to conserve the Carson River Floodplain. These videos meet the goal identified in 2003 and reaffirmed in 2012 by the Carson River Coalition: “Protect the floodplain from future development. Once the floodplain and especially the river’s meander belt corridor are impacted by development, the river loses the ability to reestablish its natural functions.  Agricultural fields near the channel are critical for floodwater attenuation, ground water recharge, non-point source pollution buffering and providing habitat for wildlife.”

Thanks to Carson River Coalition for their input and review. Thank you to John Cobourn and Steve Lewis for their lifetime of work to conserve the Carson River Floodplain. Thank you to CWSD staff - Ed James, Toni Leffler, Brenda Hunt, and Shane Fryer - for letting me grow in a project management role and generously sharing their expertise to write, edit, and produce this video series. We appreciate Tom Strekel's voiceover talent and the time taken to make special appearances in the videos by Rob Holley, Lynn Zonge, Gavin Feiger, Aly Cheney, and Krissie Thornhill with Sapphire and Hunter. 

It was a pleasure to work with Orangetree Productions to create this FEMA funded video series.

River-Friendly Landscaping

Homeowners!  Snow is finally melting. You may be noticing more erosion off your yard than typical. We can help! RFL is a free and voluntary program! Reduce erosion while helping to protect our environment. Our rebate program can help with the cost of labor and materials. Contact Eben forRiver-Friendly Landscaping HERE.

Header photo by LEO DROZDOFF


2019 NWRA Organization Memberships

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Friends of NWRA Advertising Page

The cost for the ad will be $250 per year.  The ad price includes one monthly update to your ad space, if you have information in the ad you would like to change or update. Your ad will include a heading with your business logo or name (linked to website designated by you), company information and 2 lines of additional text, approximately 630 by 90 pixels in size.

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