The Lahontan Basin Area Office (LBAO) has jurisdiction over a large area of the Great Basin including most of the northern two thirds of Nevada with a small amount of overlap into California and Oregon. Much of this expanse was covered by ancient Lake Lahontan that existed during the last ice age, and whose surface area peaked nearly 13,000 years ago at 8500 square miles. Map
The main area of LBAO activities is in the Carson, Truckee, and Humboldt river basins, where there are four operating Reclamation projects:
The Office provides water for the needs of communities within the Truckee, Carson and Humboldt River basins on:
• a wholesale basis (through the Humboldt, Washoe and Truckee-Storage Projects); and
by managing, operating and maintaining facilities and resources, ensuring their sustainability into the future.
Lahontan Basin Area Office carries out this mission in its baseline (year-to-year) work and through various initiatives. The baseline work is:
Facility Operations: Work associated with operation of water storage and conveyance facilities including river and water supply forecasting, maintenance of a river operations model, administration of a stream gauging program and water releases in accordance with Federal Water Master directives. Work also involves water supply planning, release scheduling, and operations as specified by various operating agreements and memorandums of understanding.
Facility Maintenance: Work associated with maintaining water storage and conveyance facilities including regularly scheduled maintenance and security, regular reviews and response to those reviews, maintenance of emergency action plans, maintenance and security of supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems and safety of dams reporting.
2. End User Water Delivery (Newlands Project)
Contract Administration: Work associated with administration of the O&M contract with the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District. This includes oversight of O&M of project facilities, planning for future improvements, water conservation planning, financial reporting, etc.
Land Management: Work associated with the development and administration of agreements such as contracts, grants, easements, and rights-of-way for the use of land resources within the office’s area of responsibility. Tasks involve working with the public, other governmental agencies, and the district on trespass resolutions, access issues, title research, land disposal actions, etc.
Administration of Newlands Project Operating Criteria and Procedures: Work associated with calculating monthly diversions from the Truckee River to Lahontan Reservoir, monitoring and evaluating irrigation of eligible Project lands annually, monitoring Project demands, and adjusting storage targets on Lahontan Reservoir when necessary to meet changing demands. Work also includes monitoring Project distribution efficiency and calculating the amount of “incentive water” that is earned by the District if it exceeds target efficiencies.
Implementation of Court Ordered Judgments: Work associated with water-righted land classification determinations and calculations of recoupment of previously overdiverted water.
3. Overall Management and Support
Management & Oversight: Activities associated with general office functions required to maintain the operation of the Area Office and associated facilities. Included are various functions not found under other baseline activities and involve such actions as representing Reclamation with outside entities by scheduling, conducting, and attending meetings; implementing public outreach programs; performing supervisory activities; providing budgetary, planning, and analytical services; and conducting various other clerical and administrative activities.
Cultural & Environmental Activities: Work associated with National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance; conservation of endangered or threatened species; promotion of water and energy conservation and pollution prevention; control of invasive species; environmental stewardship; and the identification of pertinent hazardous material requirements.
Technical Support: Work associated with special requirements and studies that is necessary to water management and water delivery.
Major Initiatives (each would have their own page on the website)
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For additional information or assistance,
Kenneth Parr, Area Manager
705 N. Plaza Street, Room 320
Carson City NV 89701