Great Basin Water Forum Set For Nevada

Carson City event held Tuesday in casino.

Published on: Nov 12, 2012

The fourth annual Great Basin Water Forum hosted by the Central Nevada Regional Water Authority will present the latest information and discussions on a critical question in the West: "How can Nevada, Utah and California address the significant imbalance between identified sustainable water supply and projected population growth?"

The session on Nov. 13 will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Carson Nugget Ballroom A, 507 North Carson St., in Carson City.

The program features the following speakers:

Carly Jerla, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, will give a presentation on the soon-to-be-released report on "Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study." She co-managed the study. The largest and most comprehensive basin-wide analysis ever undertaken describes future imbalances in water supply and demand in the Colorado River Basin through 2060, and explores a broad range of options to help address the water supply shortfall. This shortfall has led to increased activity in proposed water projects targeting scarce water resources in the basin.

Assuring wise use of Colorado River water is the focus of an Nevada meeting this week.
Assuring wise use of Colorado River water is the focus of an Nevada meeting this week.

Michael Dunbar, Emerald Bay Service District manager, will talk on the status of ocean water desalination projects in California and other areas and whether they can provide any solution to water problems in the future.

Jerla's and Dunbar's presentations will provide the basis for a panel discussion on critical questions of water use in the basin. Panelists include county commissioners, state legislators, state water agency officials, Indian nation representatives and federal agency representatives.

An annual Great Basin Water Forum is called for in a 2009 memorandum of understanding signed by two counties in three Utah, three counties in California and the Central Nevada Regional Water Authority (an eight county organization).

Thirteen counties in the tree states are involved, a unique partnership to discuss issues of western water policy. The Great Basin Water Forum's purpose is to probe important water resource issues in the nation's driest hydrographic region and if desired, make recommendations to appropriate agencies and organizations.