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Study compares attitudes of water right owners

Posted 3/4/2008

UNCE releases final fact sheet about the Walker River Basin

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) has released the sixth and final fact sheet in a series describing a research study of water right owners in the Walker River Basin. It is available for free and online at www.unce.unr.edu.

"This research information may be used as one of several sources in trying to reach potential solutions for complex environmental questions regarding the Walker River Basin," the report stated.

UNCE’s Staci Emm, Don Breazeale and Marilyn Smith compared the perceptions and attitudes of selected Walker River Basin water right owners on environmental priorities within the basin. With cooperation from Mono County, Smith Valley and Mason Valley Conservation districts, UNCE developed a six-page, 38-item questionnaire in 2003 to identify commonalities and differences between those individuals who actually own the right of use of water in the basin.

Approximately 139-of-520 individuals were contacted using the variable of selected high agriculture-use areas. Approximately 116 completed the survey. The fact sheet includes four graphs that compare the importance of group priorities, and the importance of Lahontan cutthroat trout and brown trout/rainbow trout. For example, 95 percent said benefits of agriculture were a top priority, while 49 percent said Artesia Lake was unimportant.

For more information, visit www.unce.unr.edu and click on the publications tab and search "Walker River Basin" under the title category.

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