HAPPY NEW YEAR 2009
2009 Legislature Live
NEXT CVCD MEETING July 7th, at 5:00 PM
USDA Service Center
1702 County Road, Suite A
Minden, NV 89423
NRCS FARM BILL PROGRAM INFORMATION
CALL JIM GIFFORD FOR DETAILS 782-3661 EXT 114
DOUGLAS COUNTY UPDATES
FEMA & FIRM MAPS
OPEN SPACE PLAN
Q-1 RIVER PROJECTS
WILD HORSES HR1018
NEVADA COMMISSION ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
What's Up Down South?
BROWNFIELDS AGRICULTURE NEWS
AG NEWS, AG LAW, LIVESTOCK, EQUIPMENT AND MORE!
More agriculture information
Hope everyone has a prosperous year!
Range Camp Scholarship Recipients 2007
Left to Right
Assemblyman James Settelmeyer, District 39
Kali Evanson, Rebecca Englund, and Kevin Kuckenmiester
Paul Pugsley, Watershed Coordinator
Mike Hayes, Coordinator
IS YOUR PROPERTY IN A NEW FLOOD AREA? CHECK THIS FEMA WEBSITE FOR DETAILS DOUGLAS COUNTY FEMA MAPS
County to present Carson Valley Stormwater Master Plan, Thursday June 4th, 2009
CHECK OUT THE COUNTY'S 113 PAGE OPEN SPACE PLAN ON LINE. ALSO YOU CAN FIND THE FLOODPLAIN ORDINANCE, MASTER PLAN, STRATEGIC PLAN, BUDGET AND OTHER IMPORTANT AND IMPENDING DOCUMENTS AT
STILL HAVING PROBLEMS WITH PEOPLE TAKING SURFACE WATER OUT OF PRIORITY AND BUILDING PONDS THAT IMPOUND SURFACE IRRIGATION WATER. IT'S A BAD YEAR TO BE STEALING WATER.
SEE THE FLOWS IN THE EAST AND WEST FORKS OF THE CARSON RIVER.
CONSULT THESE SITES DURING STORM EVENTS AND DURING IRRIGATION SEASON.
WEST FORK FLOWS
EAST FORK FLOWS
Here is a list of helpful agencies we work with. Click on a link for more information.
The State of Nevada
UNR Cooperative Extension
Nevada's Law Library
Nevada Department of Agriculture
Nevada Farm Bureau
Helpful Agency Links
STATE ENGINEER: DIVISION OF WATER RESOURCES
Western Nevada RC&D
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service - Nevada State Office
Carson Waters Subconservancy District
National Association of Conservation Districts
Nevada Conservation Districts
Nevada Division of Wildlife
Nevada Division of Forestry
U.S. Geological Survey
Technical Information & Assistance
EPA Watershed Group Support
Clear Creek USGS Stream Gauge (# 10310500) Data
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
CA. Department of Water Resources
Water Conservation and Efficiency Criteria
EAGLES AND AG ARE COMING
Carson Valley Conservation District
MEETS THE FIRST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH
Meeting times and dates change to facilitate members attending the legislative session every two years. Regular meeting will be held on the first Tuesday of the month starting at 5:00PM when the session is over.
Mono County Conservation District
MEETS THE SECOND WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH
NEXT MEETING: TO BE ANNOUNCED
Alpine County Conservation District
NEXT MEETING: TO BE ANNOUNCED
Welcome to the web site for the Carson Valley Conservation District. The District was established in the 1940's to support local resource conservation efforts in the Carson Valley. Today the District's support is demonstrated in a number of active ways such as: Implementing the Upper Carson River Watershed Management Plan, improving irrigation practices, noxious weed control, natural resource education and programs such as "Backyard Conservation" and "Project Wet." We remain committed to agribusiness and the promotion of new agribusiness endeavors as development takes over prime irrigated agriculture land.
Any person in need of special assistance to attend the meeting should contact Mike Hayes at least 24-hours before the meeting time and date.
Call Mike Hayes for details
775-782-3661 ext 102
American Farm Bureau Federation
American Forage and Grassland Council
American Sheep Industry
National Cattlemen's Beef Association
National Farmers Union
Society for Range Management
Soil and Water Conservation
Small Farms and Ranches
Nevada Department of Wildlife
This Legislative Session
Soil and Water Conservation Society
Desert Research Institute
UNR College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources
UC Davis Agriculture
Purdue University Technology
Feed and Grain
Aerial Photo Maps
State Water Resources
State AG News
Memberships available for $25.00 a year dues are due now!
The annual dinner on November 5th at the JT. The annual dinner was a great opportunity to see friends and discuss agricultural and natural resource issues. JB Lekumberry elected to a 4 year term as Secretary and Eric Rieman was elected to a 4 year term as Equipment Manager. Great food, good people and a large turn out. See you next year?
The CVCD awarded the "2007 Lifetime Achievement Award" to Arnold Settelmeyer and the "2008 Lifetime Achievement Award" to Leonard Anker for their contributions to the agricultural community.
Many were shocked that there are only 23 ranches that are a size of 100 contiguous acres or larger, that's a sad statistic folks, the county is growing and ranching is shrinking.
Churchill County Manager, Brad T. Goetsh has voiced concern about the Lyon County Groundwater Management Plan and Conjunctive Use Plans. "If discussions continue, Churchill County would ask the State Engineer to consider the following: Items 1-12. Quite a read if you can get a copy. If Water is the answer, what is the question?
Eagles and Agriculture was back this year, 2009, during calving season in February
The CVCD has been asked for input into the two proposed "Water Parks" on the Carson River. If you have comments, Scott Morgan wants to hear them. The county will apply for Question 1 money for the project. Liability is an issue with members.
Scott Morgan: 775-782- 9828
NRCS is reviewing the cost share elements of EQIP, WHIP, and AMA programs. For more information and/or input contact Garret Buma 775-782-3661 ext 106. The Conservation Security Program, (CSP), will compensate ranchers who apply NRCS BMP's on their property. This is a self assessment program and it only comes round every 8-years so contact NRCS for details.
CARSON CITY WAS UNWILLING TO FUND A DISTRICT GRANT REQUEST FOR $4,000 IN SPITE OF RECEIVING ABOUT $56,000 WORTH OF SUPPORT AND SERVICE AFTER THE NEW YEARS 2005 FLOOD AND CONTINUING WORK ON THE FUJI PARK COMMUNITY FISHING POND AND ONGOING NOXIOUS WEED ABATEMENT FUNDS. VERY DISAPOINTING.
DOUGLAS COUNTY GENEROUSLY AWARDED THE DISTRICT A $15,000 GRANT IN 2009 WHICH IS GREATLY APPRECIATED, ESPECIALLY WITH APROXIMATELY $1,500,000 WORTH OF CARSON RIVER PROJECTS IN THE COUNTY.
The Mono County Resource Conservation District and the Range Education Institute and UNR-CABNR are assisting the county with resource management plans for the Conway Ranch.
The Mono County Resource Conservation District is looking into data presented to it by Bruce T. Warden, Ph.D. of the LRWQCB relating to fecal coliform in select streams in the Bridgeport valley. There is a mountain of data that needs to be interpreted. The ramifications could be very negative of agribusiness in the Bridgeport Valley area of Mono County. Ken Tate, PhD. from UC Davis is helping producers address some of the concerns. The Bridgeport Ranchers Organization will deal directly with LRWQCB regarding the Bridgeport Valley.
Project sites have been located for work on the Walker River to facilitate full access fishing ramp and some upland restoration work.
LIDAR and hyper spectral survey of the Carson River is complete and the data is being analyzed daily and shared with other agencies. This FY 07-08 we have about $1.5 million in river projects on the schedule, busy, busy, year.
Surprisingly and disappointingly, Carson City denied our request for community service grant for this next fiscal year. This is very disappointing considering the CVCD provided them with weed abatement funds in the amount of $12,000 last FY, plus about $16,000 this FY and about $45,000 for repairs and maintenance to the Mexican Dam. Carson City's historic contribution has been $4,000 for the last five years.
Districts Win in Texas Liability Suit
Texas Governor Rick Perry recently signed legislation into law that protects soil and water conservation district officials from personal liability in suits brought against them or the districts for execution of their official duties. The bill also limits damages against districts. District directors learned early last spring that they were open to personal judgments for official actions so they quickly started to work with the state legislature to correct this situation. The bill quickly passed the Senate and passed the House on the Local and Consent Calendar without a single objection. Support for soil and water conservation in Texas is strong. District officials worked hard calling on State Senators and Representatives many times in the last few weeks of session to ensure easy passage. This new law will allow district directors to continue to serve and make decisions that are best for conservation in Texas.
Clean Water Act Legislation Introduced
Congressman Jim Oberstar (D-MN) who chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has introduced legislation to define "waters of the United States" in the Clean Water Act (CWA). This legislation is designed to counter two Supreme Court decisions on the CWA and the subsequent EPA/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers guidance released earlier this month regarding wetlands (see 6/12/07 eNotes article). Congressman Oberstar, who was in Congress when the 1972 CWA was written, is seeking to clarify the original intent of the bill to cover all waters of the United States, and not limit the jurisdiction to "navigable waterways." NACD is reviewing this legislation for its impacts effort of districts across the country. The Committee is likely to hold hearings on the bill later this summer.
Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, (LRWQCB) has come out with waiver requirements for agriculture surface water in Alpine and Mono counties. The conditions for obtaining a waiver are so onerous that they can drive ranchers right out of business. We are looking for people to fill one or both of the vacancies on the LRWQCB. Currently there is no representation from the Eastern Sierra or Mono and Alpine Counties.
Check out this web site for information on what's happening with the Carson River. There is always something going on with the river!
Carson Water Subconservancy District
WE RENT, BUY AND SELL EQUIPMENT
Hay & Equipment Prices
When we are calving in February, watch out for those Bald Eagles! We have some great photo ops, just don't bother cows and calves and always ask permission before going onto a ranch, it's the polite and smart thing to do. Eagles and Agriculture was a big success again. We had more people sign up for this event than we could facilitate.
Thank you to Dan, "Danny the K", Kaffer for starting this program.
The Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Authority are one of our partners in this event. For more information about Chamber activities use the link below. Coming again this calving season. Click on the link below for more information!
Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce
CVCD Update Newsletter
Now that we are in the middle of a monster drought and all the surface water rights are out and producers are having to pump water for their crops it becomes very important that people DO NOT impound water and/or take water out of priority. We have received numerous complaints about people "stealing" water and impounding surface irrigation water. This is NEVADA, not CALIFORNIA and people can not just help themselves to our surface water anytime they want, there is a very specific process for using the surface water. It has gotten so bad that the District recommends that you contact the federal water master's or the State Engineer regarding inappropriate or illegal taking and use of surface water for irrigation. We have seen several instances where a property owner needs fill dirt or wants a pond and just gouges out a hole and try's to use it for a pond filling it with water they don't own or aren't entitled to causing big time problems for downstream producers who use the water for irrigation of crops or other valid beneficial uses. Ponds can threaten the Alpine Decree's "historic and customary" use of surface water. It took over 50 years to litigate this document,we sincerely hope it won't get thrown back into court because surface water users cause problems that will require litigation to secure availability and delivery of surface waters for beneficial use.
We are currently in the middle of fighting the noxious weed problems that have been created. Tall Whitetop and all the Thistles are in full swing. If you have, or even think you have any of the 12 priority Noxious Weeds, the "Dirty Dozen", please contact UNR Cooperative Extension 782-9960 or the Douglas County Weed District 782-9835 for help. We also have a county Weed District 782-9835 ext 5265 to deal with spraying to eradicate noxious weeds. Weeds cause everybody a headache; they ruin pasture and hay operations and they cause erosion and they use up water. Please help us to achieve a weed free environment. NDOA has categorized noxious weeds into three categories; A, B and C depending on how likely treatment will succeed. Contact the Nevada Department of Agriculture for more information.
US FARM BILL PROGRAMS
The USDA Farm Bill programs are administered through the Farm Service Agency and the NRCS. If you are thinking about applying for an EQIP, CSP or Whip program, please take the time to do a improvement plan for you place. If you produce food or fiber you may qualify for some cost sharing benefits .Contracts should be in to NRCS by the first week of September.
We are currently looking for people with 20 acre ranches who want help in managing them. We can help with equipment rental and irrigation. A good perennial pasture mix that will come back next year is a mixture of 25% Timothy, 25% Tall Fescue, 25% Rye and 25% Piute grass. This makes good pasture for grazing and good pasture for grass hay. Remember you can't just plant it an leave it alone, you have to manage the land and water to create or maintain good pasture. A good pasture also helps to prevent erosion and crowds out the noxious weeds that spoil once productive ground.
WATER RIGHTS AND SURFACE IRRIGATION
Irrigation is a question we get asked about a lot. Do you know when you water rights were dated? Do you know when you are suppose to get water? Do you know how to get water out of the ditch systems? Do you maintain your water conveyance systems in good working order? Do you know when and how much to irrigate for the type of pasture you have? If you're not sure, or want to know more, please call Mike Hayes at the CVCD District office, 782-3661 ext 102.
I don't have to tell anybody what a dry area this is, about 6 inches of precipitation per year. Water is scarce and we have some new landowners who don't completely understand how surface water is conveyed for irrigation. I have spoken with several new property owners who have paid top dollar for agriculture ranch land and didn't get the maximum out of their property rights purchase. Water rights are provided to landowners based on the individual property owners water rights "priority" based on the dates the rights were issued. In addition to priority you also have to figure out where your water rights come from and when they became available. West fork users go on rotation when the flow at the Painesville gauge hit 100 cfs. Also, Nevada week starts the first Monday in June and switches back to California week the following Monday; this rotation continues through the irrigation season. In addition, you "priority" is predicated on the year your water rights were issued. Please don't take water out of rotation and please don't impound water during irrigation season.
!!! PONDS ARE A PAIN !!!
YOU MAY NOT IMPOUND SURFACE IRRIGATION WATER FOR PONDS!
It MUST be returned into the water conveyance system when your priority for the use of the water is up.
If you want to use your water allotment for a pond you can divert your allotted amount of water at the prescribed time and fill your pond. The thing is, when your water rights go out of rotation, you have to let that water back into the irrigation system or you are impounding water that is suppose to be used for irrigation by people with higher priorities.
Misunderstanding or ignorance of how our surface irrigation water is conveyed is causing some very serious problems. First, some property that is suppose to get water isn't be watered because the owners don't understand when and how to convey the water from its point of diversion to the point of application for a beneficial use. Next, when productive ranch lands are left un watered they degrade to weed seed banks, some have noxious weeds that are addressed in NRS 555. I'm pretty sure that the new property owners want to have the rural and agriculture ambiance, they just need some help putting together property and water management plans.
The Carson Valley is irrigated from the East and West forks of the Carson River and some mountain streams and artesian flows via various ditch systems and a few springs. As the water moves north-east through the valley, property owners with priority rights get first shot at using that water, their tail water is passed on and reused by owners down stream. It is a complex and intricate system that doesn't tolerate improper use. The historic water control structures goes back over 100 years, other are newer structures used to control the water flow across the Carson Valley. About 35,000 acres of the Carson Valley are considered "Prime Agriculture Land" by the State of Nevada, our state doesn't have much prime ag land. Different types of irrigation from wild flood to sprinklers are in use today. To optimize the use of surface water there needs to be some coordination and structure to the way water is conveyed.
Currently we have Water Masters for the East and West forks of the Carson River who turn out specific amounts of water at specific times to meet the demands of specific water rights. You may see water running by in a ditch, but it doesn't mean that nobody is using it. You may have to watch it go by so it can get to the user who has the earliest rights and is using and conveying it in the "historic and customary" manner and has the proper rights to use it.
IF PROPERTY OWNERS ARE UNABLE TO GET THE WATER THEY ARE ENTITLED TO THEY LOSE THE ABILITY PRODUCE FOOD AND FIBER AND INCOME. BE A CONSIDERATE AND BE GOOD NEIGHBOR, IT'S NOT THAT HARD TO DO BUT IT MAKES LIFE EASIER FOR EVERYONE.
THE CARSON VALLEY CONSERVATION DISTRICT HAS EXPERIENCED RANCHERS WHO CAN ANSWER QUESTION ABOUT THE LAND AND THE PRODUCTION OF FOOD AND FIBER. JOIN THE DISTRICT AND BENEFIT FROM THE WISDOM OF THE "OLD-TIMERS" WHO GREW UP WORKING THE LAND THAT YOU MAY NOW OWN. WE ALSO HAVE COOPERATORS WHO CAN HELP WITH "BIG TRACTOR" JOBS LIKE PLOWING, DICSING, LEVELING, SEEDING, FERTILIZING, PREST CONTROL, HERBISCIDES, CUTTING, BALING AND STORING OF FIBER. MANY 20-ACRE RANCHES NEED TO HAVE THE PASTURES WORKED UP BY THE LARGE TRACTORS THEN MAINTAINED BY THE SMALLER "GARDEN, OR SMALL RANCH" TRACTOR. WE HAVE PUREBRED BULL PRODUCERS, CATTLE AND SHEEP FOR SALE, HORSES, LLAMAS, AND DOGS TOO.
EQUIPMENT RENTAL FOR DUES PAYING MEMBERS IS AVAILABLE
DUES ARE $25.00 a year
CVCD DIRECTING BOARD
James Settelmeyer, Chairman
John Raper , Vice Chairman
Charlie Hone, Treasurer
J. B. Lekumberry , Secretary
Eric Rieman , Equipment Rental
Juan Guzman , Carson City Representative
Mahmood Azad , Douglas County Representative
MEETINGS ARE HELD ON THE SECOND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH
The MRCD was honored by UNR for an endowment scholarship to the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources.
Agriculture Producers Listen to Lahotan Regional Water Quality Control Board on water quality issues in the Bridgeport Valley. New requirements for a surface water waiver are so onerous that they will force many ranchers out of business. There are two vacancies on the LRWQCB and Mono and Alpine counties have no representation on this regulatory Board. We need to have board members who understand agriculture operations and set realistic goals and objectives for surface water quality.
The Mono County Resource Conservation District covers an area that includes northern Mono County. The Walker River runs through it. The Lahotan Water Quality Control Board is the agency with jurisdiction over the watershed that drains into the Bridgeport Reservoir. Cattle, sheep, fishing and dude ranch operations are just some of the activities this district is involved in. We are starting work with Mono County Planning Department on implementing Best Management Practices for the Conway Ranch. The Range Education Institute is also involved in the Conway Ranch.
MRCD meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 11:30PM at the Meadowcliff restaurant in Walker. Meetings are held every month. For specific meeting dates and times, please call 775-782-3661 ext 102.
Valuable Natural and Cultural Resources: Fisheries, Range, Irrigated Pasture, Habitat are worth saving! Conway Ranch has natural and historical resources.
The Alpine County Resource Conservation District meet on the first Thursday of the month at 7:00PM in the USDA Service Center in Minden. The Alpine RCD is concerned about agribusiness, noxious weeds, surface water quality and quantity. We participate with the Alpine County Watershed Manager and county staff regarding natural resource issues. We participated in a weed identification, mapping and eradication program in the county and will continue to be alert to situations that may adversely impact agribusiness in Alpine County.
During growing season we meet every other month and every month during winter. Please call 775-782-3661 ext 102 for specific meeting dates and times.
Next Meeting: To be determined by the Chairman and held at the USDA Service Center in Minden, Nevada
Alpine Conservation District
ALL THREE DISTRICTS HATE WEEDS!
NRS 555 ADDRESSES THE ISSUE OF NOXIOUS WEEDS
For weed control information call the following county contacts:
Douglas County Weed District: 782-9835
UNR Cooperative Extension: 782-9960
Noxious Weed Information and Identification
Tall Whitetop (Perennial Pepperweed)
The Poster Child for Noxious Weeds
Nevada Cooperative Extension
SAMPLE WEED COMPLAINT
POSSIBLE NOXIOUS WEEDS HAVE BEEN REPORTED AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS, PLEASE TAKE APPROPREATE ACTION TO ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM. THANK YOU.
LOCATION:(physical address if possible)________________________________________
CROSS STREET : _________________________________________________________
NOXOUS WEED: (A,B,or C class)____________________________________________
SIZE OF INFESTATION: __________________________________________________
NEW PLANT: _____________ IN BLOOM: _____________ SEED: ________
CONTACTED COUNTY WEED DISTRICT: (name and date)________________________
TREATED: (name of pesticide and date)__________________________________________
DOUGLAS COUNTY WEED DISTRICT: 782-9835
SKETCH OF AREA
Nevada has recently gone to a tiered classification
Class "A": Limited distribution throughout the state; actively excluded from the state and actively eradicated wherever found; actively eradicated from nursery stock dealer premises, control required by the state.
Class "B": Weeds more widespread throughout the state; actively excluded where possible, actively eradicated from nursery stock dealer premises; control required by the state in areas where populations are not well established or previously unknown to occur.
Class "C": Weeds generally widespread throughout the state; actively eradicated from nursery stock dealer premises; abatement at the discretion of the state quarantine officer.
Douglas County 775-782-9835
Alpine County 530-621-5520
Washoe County 775-784-4848
Tall Whitetop is one of the most stubborn and aggressive weeds in the state. Treatment with Telar, biological, and mechanical methods have been successful but control is an ongoing job. This is a dinosaur plant and will survive almost anything.
Yellowstar Thistle it hurts animals and people and it is tenacious. I have seen this plant head out at 1/2"after being cut.
Knapweed is so bad in Montana that ranchers have had to quit ranching because of the cost of "trying" to control and eliminate this beast.
Find out what kind of weeds you have.
To the left here is some Yellow Star thistle that went unchecked. Its prolific and noxious and needs to be treated with special herbicide because of the contact with water. Noxious weeds also create water quality and quantity problems.
Ask Larry Hughes at the Douglas County Weed District for the correct herbicides.
Thistle rosettes like this one on the left can be seen this time of year and should be sprayed and dye marked for follow up spraying or they can be removed by hand wearing gloves.
Thanks for stopping by!
January 6, 2009
KUDOS to all our Veterans!