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Learn more about protecting water quality

Posted 2/24/2010

Are you comfortable with your knowledge of water quality issues and laws? Do you serve on any committees or boards that review development plans and wish you knew the right questions to ask regarding protection of water quality?

If so, you’ll want to attend a free workshop presented by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. The workshop will be from 8:30 a.m. — noon March 19 at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Office at 5305 Mill St., in Reno or by simultaneous videoconferencing at Douglas County Cooperative Extension Office at 1329 Waterloo Lane in Gardnerville and the Lyon County Cooperative Extension Office at 540 S. Main Street in Yerington. The workshop topics include:

  • Water quality basics, such as defining point source pollution and nonpoint source pollution, and how they affect our water quality
  • Urbanization and the water cycle, such as how water infiltrates and recharges, how a watershed functions, and how the water cycle is altered by development
  • Water quality challenges facing our community, including discussion on clean water laws and standards
  • Impacts on waterways, such as how streams are widened, stream channels are changed, and wildlife habitat is lost.

Cooperative Extension water quality specialist donaldsons@unce.unr.edu will teach the workshop, part of the NEMO (Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials) program. The goal of the NEMO Nevada program is to help protect our water quality through community planning and education. A similar program was first presented by University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension, with good success. Donaldson obtained funding from Nevada Division of Environmental Protection to run a similar program here in the Truckee Meadows.

Although the workshop is free, preregistration by March 12 is required. For more information or to register, call the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Water Quality Program, (775) 856-8402 or go to http://www.unce.unr.edu/programs/sites/nemo/events/ .

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