Could there be a sign (and sigh!) of relief for Nevada this spring? Winter storms have dumped a normal amount of snow in the Sierra range, which is more promising for the Carson River watershed this spring.
As of March, 2016 the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District announced a 70% allotment to water users in the Lahontan Valley, a 50% increase from last year. This will have a positive impact on wildlife, migratory birds and public use on the refuge, and we may actually see water flowing to the open or hunt zone this fall. Water deliveries begin in late March, and we expect sanctuary wetlands to hold water in time for spring nesting season.
Wildlife-dependent recreation permitted at Stillwater NWR includes: wildlife observation, hunting (in season), environmental education, interpretation and photography. Please remember that Wildlife Comes First on a refuge, so if your actions cause animals to move or change their behavior, then you are creating a disturbance and should move away or modify your actions. Wildlife harassment is harmful and illegal.
The link below shows the most current map of refuge wetlands. Updates will be posted during the season as conditions change.
Click this link for the current NV water supply outlook report, updated monthly . Here you will find snowpack and water flow measurements from the USDA/Natural Resource Conservation Service office in Reno NV.