Nevada is the driest state in the nation yet the focus on water resources only occurs in times of drought. Water issues should be the first thing discussed during every legislative session. Currently our water law unintentionally encourages the waste of our limited resource and only allows the State Engineer the ability to bring the ground water basins back into balance through curtailment by priority.
Build conservation into the water law to incentivize using less water.
Determine ways to fund perennial yield studies using the current best available science to gain a modern understanding of the limit of our resource.
Study various solutions to bring the over appropriated basins back into balance.
Develop a legislative framework to give the State Engineer direction on how to conjunctively manage the resource.
Growing up in Dayton, I remember having four distinct seasons: spring, summer, fall and winter. Now the seasons are a little different. It is hotter and drier than ever before and I'm pretty sure that summer is being replaced by fire season.
We should be participating in better fuels reduction practices such as:
Expanding the targeted grazing program
Fund a continual statewide fire hazard risk assessment to develop and keep updated community specific plans to reduce their risk of fire
Nevada has the first and oldest national recreation area. In addition to the many parks, lakes and trails systems there are 60 million acres of accessible public lands. We should be taking more steps to promote and enhance Nevada's outdoor recreation opportunities while protecting the resource from damage.