The Carson Water Subconservancy District’s mission is to promote cooperative action across agency and political boundaries in the Carson River Watershed, using integrated watershed management.
Rural and urban communities depend on the water which drains to the Carson River for agricultural, environmental, and municipal uses. Balancing these needs requires diligent planning and management. CWSD works with local, state, and federal entities to plan, coordinate, and fund projects and programs that provide regional benefits.
CWSD develops watershed-wide planning documents, such as the Adaptive Stewardship Plan and the Comprehensive Regional Water System Plan. These plans help to coordinate regional efforts and are essential for obtaining federal grant monies. CWSD also provides grant funding to local entities for project implementation and serves as the coordinating agency for the Carson River Coalition (CRC), a large stakeholder group of federal, state, county, and tribal agencies; non-governmental entities, private citizens and landowners.
Challenges in the Carson River Watershed include:
Protecting critical floodplain lands from development
Meeting demands for future water supply
Managing and promoting use of reclaimed water
Enhancing water quality and riparian habitat throughout the watershed
Tracking and controlling invasive species
Raising awareness of watershed issues with general public