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The Academy works with faculty to facilitate the development of interdisciplinary research and education project proposals that are funded from external sources. These projects play an important role in the Academy’s efforts to bring faculty from diverse disciplines to work on environmental research, education and outreach issues of common concern.

$3.8 million project will help northern Nevada build resiliency to future droughts

University of Nevada, Reno and Desert Research Institute to engage stakeholders, explore solutions to the region’s changing water supplies to enhance water sustainability and climate resiliency

By Claudine Wharton, Nevada Today, 08/13/2014

Managing water in northern Nevada's Truckee-Carson River System requires local communities to balance urban, agricultural and ecosystem needs. Changes in historical climate trends are increasingly expected to make this balancing act more challenging. A competitive grant totaling $3.8 million has been awarded to the University of Nevada, Reno and the Desert Research Institute (DRI), in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey, to integrate science and water policy research with extensive community outreach to identify the expected impacts of climate change and solutions for protecting valuable water resources throughout northern Nevada.

The "Water for the Seasons" project will focus on the Truckee-Carson River System as a model for snow-fed arid-land river systems across the American West. Funding includes $1.8 million awarded by the National Science Foundation to the University and $2 million awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to DRI and the U.S. Geological Survey. (read full story)


About the Project

Climate extremes, such as droughts and floods, challenge water sustainability particularly in arid regions. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Water for the Seasons is a research and outreach program that partners scientists with community stakeholders to explore and create new strategies for sustaining water resources in arid environments under a range of possible climate scenarios.
The long-term goal of Water for the Seasons is to enhance climate resiliency in communities in arid environments that depend on snow-fed river systems. To achieve this long-term goal, the program focuses on three major activities that require scientists and community-based stakeholders to work together to:

  • - Assess and project water supplies under a range of climatic conditions;
  • - Assess and build community capacity to adapt to extreme climate events and related consequences for water management, land-use and economic growth; and
  • - Create and explore new strategies for sustaining water supplies now and into the future.

 

Project Team photo

The “Water for the Seasons” project team at the Truckee River, in Reno, Nev. Back row, left to right – Matt Reeves, Staci Emm, Greg Pohll, Derek Kauneckis; front row, left to right – Maureen McCarthy and Loretta Singletary; not pictured – Richard Niswonger and Michael Dettinger. Photo by Theresa Danna-Douglas.

The Team

Maureen McCarthy, Project Director - Interim Director, Academy for the Environment

Loretta Singletary, Co-principal Investigator - Professor and Interdisciplinary Outreach Liason, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

Derek Kauneckis, Co-principal Investigator - Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Nevada, Reno

Staci Emm, Co-principal Investigator - Extension Educator, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

Greg Pohll, DRI Co-principal investigator - Research Professor and Director of the Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences, DRI

Justin Huntington, Associate Research Professor, Division of Hydrologic Sciences, DRI

Richard Niswonger, USGS Co-principal Investigator - Senior Research Hydrologist, USGS

Michael Dettinger, USGS Co-principal Investigator - Senior Research Hydrologist, USGS

Matt Reeves, Associate Professor, University of Alaska Anchorage

 

 

Press

Official Award Announcement: NSF and NIFA award $25 million in grants for study of water sustainability and climate
Funding will foster research on how Earth's water system is linked with climate change, land use, ecosystems.
http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132501&org=NSF&from=news

$3.8 million project to help Nevada's resiliency drought
Because of this, a competitive grant totaling $3.8 million has been awarded to the University of Nevada, Reno and the Desert Research Institute (DRI).
http://www.mynews4.com/news/local/story/3-8-million-project-to-help-Nevadas-resiliency/owAE-A9I-0qf1b2TJ_oDnQ.cspx

More:

Nevada Project Aims to Build Resiliency to Drought
Source: Emergency Management, 8/26/14
In Nevada, the drought, extreme heat and the potential for the trend to continue has officials looking for answers.  The threats to farmers and ranchers, and an increased danger of destructive wildfires, were the basis for a $3.8 million grant for a project called Water for the Seasons.  The grant was to the University of Nevada, Reno and the Desert Research Institute in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey.
http://www.emergencymgmt.com/training/Nevada-Project-Aims-to-Build-Resiliency-Drought.html

$3.8 million project to help Nevada's resiliency drought
http://www.ktvn.com/story/26269524/38-million-project-to-help-with-future-droughts
http://foxreno.com//news/features/top-stories/stories/38-million-project-help-nevadas-resiliency-drought-3027.shtml#.U-vPhhAzKSo

$3.8 million project will help northern Nevada build resiliency to future droughts
Managing water in northern Nevada’s Truckee-Carson River System requires local communities to balance urban, agricultural and ecosystem needs, according to a 'Water for the Seasons' press release -- changes in historical climate trends are increasingly expected to make this balancing act more challenging. Because of this, a competitive grant totaling $3.8 million has been awarded to the University of Nevada, Reno and the Desert Research Institute (DRI).
http://www.carsonnow.org/story/08/13/2014/38-million-project-will-help-northern-nevada-build-resiliency-future-droughts

TV clips:
KTVN 2 - $3.8 Million Grant to Study Climate Change:
http://www.ktvn.com/category/170899/video-landing-page?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10479567

Resiliency to future droughts:
http://mms.tveyes.com/NetReport.aspx?ReportHash=0dde704bbb42b4ba33937885db0d715b

Radio:
Researchers seek to better understand and plan for drought (with audio)
UNR and DRI researchers in Northern Nevada are launching a broad effort to better predict and prepare for severe drought and climate change. While many places are feeling the impacts of climate change, Western Nevada and the Sierra make a good case study. For one, the trends in temperature change here track almost exactly with the global ones. Along with that, Maureen McCarthy, a UNR researcher, says our desert environment, fed by snowfall in the mountains, is one of the most vulnerable to climate change. 
http://kunr.org/post/researchers-seek-better-understand-and-plan-drought

Complete Media Report:
http://us.vocuspr.com/Publish/516784/Forward_516784_1627901.htm?Email=nsavidge%40unr.edu&Date=8%2f14%2f2014+2%3a34%3a08+PM

 

Contact

For more information on the project, please contact waterfortheseasons@gmail.com.

Project Director, Maureen Mccarthy, mimccarthy@unr.edu, 775-784-8023

 

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