I Am Carson River Watershed Campaign Launch


The I AM CARSON RIVER WATERSHED campaign connects our community to the watershed they live in and asks everyone to do a few simple things to help improve the quality of our water.

We live in one of the most spectacular watersheds in the country. From the majestic views at Carson Pass down to the ‘Tatooine-esque’ salt flats of the Carson Sink, our Carson River Watershed is truly one-of-a-kind. Go to IAMCARSONRIVER.ORG to watch the amazing ‘WALK THROUGH THE CARSON RIVER WATERSHED’ film. You’ll join former KTVN news anchor Vanessa Vancour as she walks through 24 spectacular local locations in just over two minutes!

“We’re excited to work with NEON Agency to launch the I AM CARSON RIVER WATERSHED campaign with this incredible film”, said Brenda Hunt, Program Manager of the Carson Water Subconservancy District. “For background, we surveyed our watershed community and found the majority of residents didn’t know they lived in a watershed and didn’t think their actions affected its health. This film celebrates the natural wonder of the Carson River Watershed, and educates and inspires individuals in our community to take action to improve its health and water quality”.


The campaign is funded through Clean Water Act 319(h) funds with support from NDEP and CWSD.


CWSD Floodplain Conservation Videos!  

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By: Debbie Neddenriep, CWSD

Carson Water Subconservancy District (CWSD) is delighted to debut its “Floodplains as a Community Asset” video series. Inspired by similar videos created by Colorado’s Urban Drainage and Control District, our goal is to underscore the critical importance of conserving the Carson River Watershed’s remaining floodplain, with an emphasis on maintaining the undeveloped nature of our watershed’s rivers and streams.

Created with funding from FEMA’s 2015 CTP “Cooperating Technical Partners” program, these videos aim to increase flood awareness, promote the importance of reducing flood hazards, and spur community action to conserve the Carson River Floodplain. The videos support CWSD’s overarching objective of informing watershed residents, policy makers, and developers on the importance of preserving the Carson River Floodplain and will be utilized in flood awareness outreach and education efforts throughout the watershed.

Please Click the links below to view our four videos:

Public Service Announcement (PSA) – Conserving the Carson River Floodplain as a Community Asset (:30)

Agriculture’s a Good Fit for Conserving the Carson River Floodplain as a Community Asset (4:31)

A Case for Developers to Conserve the Carson River Floodplain as a Community Asset (3:13)

Our Officials in Conserving the Carson River Floodplain as a Community Asset (4:19)

The videos provide a strong case for watershed communities to preserve floodplains and support conservation efforts in the Carson River Watershed. They provide vital information to our community planners and local officials, empowering them to make informed land use and ordinances decisions that encourage public safety by keeping our floodplains open and undeveloped. A desired result of this project is increased funding from federal, state and local budgets for floodplain preservation projects such as open space acquisition, conservation easements, and ecosystem service incentives.

The CWSD would like to thank everyone who made these productions possible! Let’s continue to work together to protect the Carson River Floodplain as a Community Asset!



Drought Relief through Headwaters Protection in Alpine County

Alpine County is unique in that it encompasses the headwaters of six major watersheds: the American, Carson, Mokelumne, Stanislaus, Truckee and Walker Rivers.  The long-term availability of clean water in these rivers is dependent on the health of the headwaters and streams that feed into them.  Check out this educational flyer, Drought Relief through Headwaters…