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NEVADA FWO: David Potter, Nevada Fish and Wildlife Office, Recognized for Contributions to Threatened and Endangered Species.
Region 8, June 24, 2008
From left: USFWS Director Dale Hall, Deputy Regional Director Ken McDermond, David Potter, Nevada Fish and Wildlife Office and Regional Director Steve Thompson. (USFWS photo: Scott Flaherty)
From left: USFWS Director Dale Hall, Deputy Regional Director Ken McDermond, David Potter, Nevada Fish and Wildlife Office and Regional Director Steve Thompson. (USFWS photo: Scott Flaherty) - Photo Credit: n/a

Jeannie Stafford
David Potter of the Nevada Fish and Wildlife Office in Reno, Nev., was recognized for his Outstanding Contribution to Endangered and Threatened Species during a California and Nevada Region award ceremony June 24, 2008, in Monterey, Calif.   David received the Region 8 "Outstanding Contribution" award from Regional Director Steve Thompson, Deputy Regional Director Ken McDermond and Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dale Hall

The award  recognizes David for his outstanding achievement in conservation of threatened and endangered species, and for meeting Regional Strategic Plan goals of providing leadership with the best science available and finding functional solutions that help people and help wildlife.

One of David’s major geographic areas of responsibility is the Truckee River Basin, which provides habitat for threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout (LCT) and endangered cui-ui, a large sucker fish.  David works closely with the Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management and The Nature Conservancy on implementing three major habitat restoration projects on the Lower Truckee River.  These projects include re-creating natural, meandering river channel segments that are connected to the floodplain, as well as restoring associated wetland and riparian habitats.  Each project will individually enhance conditions for the listed fishes and cumulatively will beneficially impact miles of the lower river. 

David has demonstrated leadership in working closely with the Truckee Meadows Water Authority, Corps of Engineers and other agencies to design a new diversion structure to replace the Glendale Diversion Dam.  This facility diverts up to 37.5 million gallons per day to provide drinking water to the Truckee Meadows (Reno-Sparks) area.  The new structure will incorporate upstream and downstream passage for all life stages of native fish in the Truckee River, including LCT.  David is also serving a key role in developing a long-term fish passage monitoring plan for the project.  Associated with this project, David was also a leader in establishing a new multi-agency fish passage working group in Nevada to address barriers for listed fish using the best available science. 

David is the Service’s representative on the Corps of Engineers’ Truckee Meadows Flood Control Project to address flooding issues on the Truckee River from the California-Nevada border downstream to Pyramid Lake.  He has actively participated in the project’s working group to ensure that it functionally benefits people, listed species and other wildlife.  The Corps is now proceeding with the alternative developed by the working group.  David was recently publicly recognized by Washoe County for his contributions in developing a locally-preferred alternative, which is being accepted by the Corps. 

Contact Info: Scott Flaherty, , Scott_Flaherty@fws.gov