WRPT Water Resources Department

WRPT Water Resources Department

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Information on Water Resources Department projects, including water issues, irrigation, rangeland, renewable energy, climate change, fish & game, traditional foods and more.

Timeline photos 11/07/2022

Registration is open for the 2022 Southwest Regional Conference on August 22-25, 2022 at the Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM. Learn more and register at http://ow.ly/gUcX50JRXV2

Send nominations for Biologist, Technician and CLEO of the Year, or a Special Award (You Name It) to Elveda Martinez, SW Regional Director at [email protected].

The SW Region is also soliciting for conference sponsors, donations and volunteers, contact Norman Jojola at [email protected].

Reining in a Rogue River: NRCS and Walker River Paiute Tribe Team Up to Tame the Walker River video 24/05/2022

We've been attending via zoom and participating on the NRCS "Working Effectively with American Indians" training program. Today we covered programs that we've completed with NRCS funding, ie. range fencing, installing solar range wells, river stabilization projects, the construction of the high tunnel (hoop house) and livestock grazing plans.

Here is a video of some past river work: https://youtu.be/mgWo9hblSAU

Reining in a Rogue River: NRCS and Walker River Paiute Tribe Team Up to Tame the Walker River video With the Walker River's high velocity, it carves away at the embankment and the soil erodes, causing nonpoint source pollution in the form of sediment to be ...


Schurz Farmers: Irrigation will start this Saturday, April 30th. Make sure that your ditches are ready. Due to the shortage of water this year, it will be important for everyone to irrigate in order.

We also have 2 new Irrigation System Operators (ISOs) (Clifton Bobb and Gerry Emm) who will be helping the crew this year. They were hired on contract as our existing crew needed help.


Notes from the April 6th Water Users Meeting:

1. Overview of Climate and Temperatures
Staci Emm, University of Nevada Extension Agent presented information on projected temperatures, precipitation and drought conditions for the area. Told farmers if they have access to the internet, they could use the USGS Walker Basin Hydro Mapper to get up-to-the-date information on current water conditions in the basin and for Weber Dam.

2. Discussion of Noxious W**ds and Pests During Drought
Staci Emm UNR Extension Agent presented each farmer with a Noxious W**d guide, talked about noxious weeds and livestock. She also discussed the different types of pests being seen in the area such as Army worms and the Nevada red-winged grasshopper.

3. BIA Irrigation
Samuel Johnson, BIA Irrigation System Operator (ISO) gave on update on the water conditions for the year including the amount of water in Weber Dam, how much water is used for each irrigation and the expected number of irrigations.

Discussion by farmers on what might be the best for season since there will probably be only 3 irrigations. By a vote, the farmers said they wanted two irrigations for the 1st crop, and 1 irrigation for the 2nd crop. Then will wait to see if there is enough water for a 4th irrigation. Discussion on whether there will be enough water for new fall plantings-undetermined at this time.

Irrigation will be on a rotation system this year which means it will go down the line. Samuel Johnson will come up with rotation schedule for Canal 1 and Lester Milton Jr will come up with the rotation schedule for Canal 2. Canal 2 will start irrigation on April 30, 2022 and Canal 1 will start on May 1 or 2, 2022. Farmers will still need to put in a Water Request to get on the rotation schedule.

Farmers are going to work together to make sure water is used most efficiently. ISOs will let farmers know who is getting water next and they could contact the next farmer in line when they are almost finished.

ISO Lester Milton Jr. has a new cell phone number 775-431-5253. He said he is not going to let people irrigation for more than 12 hours. No more 20-hour irrigations. He is basing this on the amount of water per acre.

We're in a drought!! This is going to be a short water year.


Summer Internship Program Funded: Received notice from the BIA that our Youth Initiative Grant for our College Internship program will be funded for this summer. We'll be able to hire 4 college students. Please watch for job posting.


Schurz Farmers: The annual Water Users Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 6th at the Community Center at 6pm. The water update will be given by the BIA crew, Jon will give an update on our Emergency Flood work and the UNR Extension staff (Staci Emm and Randy Emm) will do a presentation on Noxious W**ds and have a discussion on water saving efforts.

Snacks will be provided. Please pass the word.

Photos from WRPT Water Resources Department's post 25/03/2022

Manual Mount and Tony Moreno's last day of work with the irrigation crew was Wednesday, March 23rd. They were excellent employees.

Here is what they worked on:


The Tribe enters into an ongoing cooperative monitoring program between the Walker River Paiute Tribe (WRPT) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for the Lower Walker River Monitoring Program. The USGS Nevada Water Science Center currently
operates streamflow, reservoir stage, and water-quality data-collection sites for this monitoring program.

Total cost for operation and maintenance (O&M) of program activities for the period of July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023 is $151,702. Pending availability of Federal Matching Funds, the USGS will contribute $53,095 and WRPT will contribute $98,607. The BIA provides funds for the Tribe's share. These costs reflect an average 3.56% required cost increase for continuous streamgaging and continuous water-quality based on increases in equipment and labor costs.

The water monitoring program in the Lower Walker River Basin consists of operation and maintenance tasks at seven continuous streamflow gaging stations and one continuous reservoir water-level gage. Continuous water-quality monitors (water temperature and specific conductance) are located at three of the gaging stations. Field water-quality parameters are measured at three sites.

The program includes:
1. Maintaining the streamgaging, water-level, and water-quality equipment and instruments.
2. Making streamflow, water-level, and water-quality measurements. Sites will be visited and streamflow, water-quality parameters, and water-levels will be measured on a variable basis or as conditions warrant.
3. Evaluation and analysis of collected stage and water-quality data.
4. Input of all measurement data to the National Water Information System (NWIS) database.
5. Computation of continuous streamflow, water-level, and water-quality records, quality assurance, and final approval.
6. Publication of the approved data. Data will be reviewed, compiled, and disseminated throughout the year and annually as water year summaries on the USGS NWIS (National Water Information System) web interface. Real time (updated every hour) provisional data from the gaging stations will continue to be provided through the NWIS website.

These gages help us to monitor irrigation water and instream flows through the reservation.


More Irrigation pics.


Our department was awarded a grant in the amount of $153,100.51 from the Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) with an effective date of November 1, 2021 - October 31, 2022. This is for an infrastructure upgrade of the irrigation project. As of date we have done the following:

*We hired two laborers (Manuel Mount and Anthony Moreno) who have been doing an excellent job.
*Purchased 12 Waterman gates.
*Purchased supplies for the upgrade.
*They have done 6 headgate repairs, installed 4 facewalls for the concrete check gates, built 2 safety bridges with handrails and installed them and are currently building some new gates.

Our 2 laborers are working with the BIA Irrigation System Operators.


The Walker River Paiute Tribe's Water Resources Department deals with many natural resources issues, including water rights, irrigation, climate change, non-point source, irrigation, rangeland, renewable energy, college internship program, riparian enhancement, fish & wildlife, native foods, grant writing and agriculture. We work with many partners including the BIA, BOR, USDA NRCS & FSA, Walker Basin Conservancy, the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society and more.

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