[icon_timeline timeline_style=”jstime” timeline_line_style=”solid” tl_animation=”tl-animation-shadow” el_class=”rdm-timeline”][icon_timeline_feat time_title=”75,000 – 10,000 Years Ago” arrow_position=”bottom”]Last Ice Age and Ancient Lake Lahontan.[/icon_timeline_feat][icon_timeline_item time_title=”11,200 years ago – First record of human settlement in the Carson River basin.” el_class=”image-bg”]2015GrimesPointRockArt_JQJacobs[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Pre-1800s” el_class=”blue-grad”]Before the white man’s arrival, the Washoe people inhabited the upper watershed region and the Northern Paiute people lived in the lower watershed.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1840″ el_class=”blue-grad”]Pioneers settle in Carson Valley[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1844″]JCFrémontJohn C. Fremont and his expedition guide, Kit Carson, come upon the Carson River in Lahontan Valley.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_sep time_sep_title=”1850″][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1851″ el_class=”sage-grad”]The towns of Genoa and Dayton are founded.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1860’s – Comstock Mining Boom” el_class=”sage-grad”]Silver and Gold are discovered in Nevada.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1864″ el_class=”image-bg”]Nevada becomes the battleborn state and Carson City is designated the capital.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1869″ el_class=”image-bg”]Construction begins on the Sutro Tunnel.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1869″ el_class=”image-bg”]Virginia & Truckee Railroad's No. 11, "The Reno" prepares to leave Virginia City, about 1885. (Note the smoke stack difference which usually means it is burning wood. A straight stack burns coal.)

First section of V&T Railroad constructed.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1873″ el_class=”image-bg”]Marlette Water System created to provide water for Virgnia City, Gold Hill, and Silver City, and is still a major source of water to these communities.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_sep time_sep_title=”1900″][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1903 – 1914″ el_class=”image-bg”]Newlands Project 2Construction of Lahontan Dam and Truckee Canal, known as the Newlands Project, the first US Bureau of Reclamation project.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1925″ el_class=”image-bg”]Alpine Decree initiated; 55 year water rights litigation ensues.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1937 – Major flooding occurs” el_class=”image-bg”]East Fork near Carson Valley flows at 12,000 cfs and Cradlebaugh bridge under 18 inches of water.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1949″ el_class=”image-bg”]Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge established in the Lahontan Valley.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_sep time_sep_title=”1950″][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1955 – Major flooding occurs” el_class=”image-bg”]East Fork near Carson Valley flows at 16,700 cfs.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1959″ el_class=”image-bg”]CWSD logo1Carson Water Subconservancy District forms as part of the Federal Washoe Project.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1968″ el_class=”image-bg”]Tahoe Basin treated wastewater exported to Alpine and Douglas counties.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1972″ el_class=”image-bg”]Federal EPA Clean Water Act becomes law.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_sep time_sep_title=”1975″][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1977 – Drought year of record. 42,278 acre feet of water measured at Carson river system.” el_class=”image-bg”]Click here for Carson River Chronology[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1980″ el_class=”image-bg”]Alpine Decree signed, water rights litigation resolved.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1983 – Wettest Year on Record” el_class=”image-bg”]825,323 acre feet of water measured at Carson City in the river system, nearly 20 times more than in 1977.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1986″ el_class=”image-bg”]Hope Valley_JudyWickwire_croppedFriends of Hope Valley forms in response to proposed development.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1989″ el_class=”image-bg”]The Nevada Legistlature changes the function of CWSD to conduct regional watershed planning.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1990″ el_class=”image-bg”]nevada_tnCarson River Mercury Site listed as a Superfund Site by EPA.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1992″ el_class=”image-bg”]The Carson River placed on the Clean Water Act’s 303(d) List of Impaired Waters.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1997 – Most severe and extensive flood on record” el_class=”image-bg”]1997 CV Flood_WolfEast Fork flows at 20,000 cfs.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1998 – Carson River Coalition forms” el_class=”image-bg”]CRC logo croppedin response to the 1997 flood[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_sep time_sep_title=”2000″][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2000″ el_class=”image-bg”]leviathan_mine

 

 

 

 

Leviathan Mine listed as a Superfund site by EPA.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2000″ el_class=”image-bg”]CRC develops the Vision and 11 Guiding Principles.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2003″ el_class=”image-bg”]CWSD appointed the Clean Water Act Section 208 planning agency.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2007 – The Carson River Watershed Adaptive Stewardship Plan adopted by CWSD” el_class=”image-bg”]becoming the first integrated watershed management plan created by the CRC.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2008″ el_class=”image-bg”]Regional Floodplain Management Plan adopted by CWSD and all five counties along the river.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2013″]Bison_FireBison Fire started by lightning on western slope of the Pine Nut Range in Douglas County, burning 24,136 acres.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2014″ el_class=”image-bg”]Alluvial fan flash flooding occurs in Douglas County and Carson City after severe summer thunderstorms.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2015 – Washington Fire” el_class=”green-grad”]Large wildfire in Alpine County along East Fork Carson River.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Brenda Hunt Speaking at the 20-Year Celebration”][/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2018: 20-Year Carson River Coalition Celebration”]

On June 22, 2018, over 100 Carson River Coalition (CRC) partners converged on The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) River Fork Ranch (RFR) in Genoa, Nevada to celebrate the CRC’s 20th Anniversary! The confluence of the East and West forks of the Carson River symbolized CRC partners coming together from all corners of the watershed to celebrate 20 years of collaboration.

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