With an annual rain fall of less than 10 inches, few natural resources are as precious as water to residents of Nevada. Protecting our source water from possible contamination and pollution helps protect our drinking water. In Douglas County, a Community Wellhead Protection (CWHP) Team, made up many local citizens and stakeholders, has been working together with the goal of helping inform and educate residents of Douglas County about the importance of protecting our community’s drinking water sources.
The Team was made up of both business owners and residents who live and work in Douglas County. They represent a cross section of organizations including Douglas County Public Works, Planning Commission, and GIS; the Towns of Minden and Gardnerville; the Washoe Tribe; University of Nevada Cooperative Extension; Bently Agrowdynamics; Resource Concepts, Inc. (RCI); Gardnerville Water Company; Indian Hills General Improvement District; Sierra Estates General Improvement District; and many others.
The Team of volunteers has collaborated with Nevada Division of Environmental Protection’s Integrated Source Water Protection Program (ISWPP).
ISWPP is a comprehensive, voluntary approach designed to help communities develop and implement a plan that protects their drinking water supply.
“ISWPP is dedicated to empowering, encouraging and supporting local source water protection activities, and we will continue to work closely with Douglas County team members to help them reach their goals,” said Kim Borgzinner, Division of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Water Pollution Control.