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Wednesday, November 9

University of Nevada, Reno
Joe Crowley Student Union Theater Box Office
7:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.    Registration
7:30 8:30 a.m.              Continental Breakfast

Joe Crowley Student Union Theater
8:30 9:00 a.m.              Welcome and Introductions

Michael W. Collopy, Project Director
Assistant Vice President for Research & Director,
Academy for the Environment, Emeritus
University of Nevada, Reno

James M. Thomas, Project Co-Director
Executive Director, Division of Hydrologic Sciences
Desert Research Institute

Mridul Gautam, Vice President for Research and Innovation
University of Nevada, Reno

Alan Gertler, Vice President for Research and Chief Science Officer (invited)
Desert Research Institute

Senator Harry Reid (invited)
United States Senator 

Desert Terminal Lakes Programs

Moderators: Mike Collopy and Jim Thomas
Joe Crowley Student Union Theater

9:00 9:30 a.m.
Caryn Huntt DeCarlo
, Bureau of Reclamation. Programs Funded through the Desert Terminal Lakes Act

9:30 10:00 a.m.
David Yardas, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Walker Basin Restoration Program - Progress and Prospects

10:00 10:30 a.m.              Refreshment Break

10:30 11:00 a.m.
Rob Scanland, Great Basin Land and Water. Providing water to the Truckee River and Pyramid Lake

11:00 11:30 a.m.
William Cowan, Summit Lake Paiute Tribe. Summit Lake Conservation Measures
Albert John, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. Pyramid Lake Fisheries, Lahontan Cutthroat Trout and Cui-ui Protection and Management
Taylor O'Daye, Walker River Paiute Tribe. Water Rights Settlement 

11:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 
Lisa Heki, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Walker basin restoration and Lahontan cutthroat trout recovery program

12:00 1:00 p.m.              Lunch

1:00 1:30 p.m.
Mike Zahradka
, Nevada Department of Wildlife. NDOW Projects Update

1:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Michael Cameron, The Nature Conservancy. Truckee River Restoration, Independence Lake Protection & Walker Lake Planning - TNC's DTL Program

2:00 2:30 p.m.
Julie Fair
, American Rivers - Walker Working Group (Trout Unlimited, American Rivers, Cal Trout, US Forest Service, and CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife). Prioritizing meadows for restoration in eastern Sierra watersheds

2:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Ann Louhela
, Western Nevada College, Specialty Crop Institute. Walker River Agriculture Economic Diversification Project

2:45 3:00 p.m.
Dick Bartholet
, Univ. of Nevada, Reno. Economic Development Efforts within the Walker Basin

3:00 3:30 p.m.              Refreshment Break

UNR/DRI Walker Basin Research Project

Moderators: Mike Collopy and Jim Thomas
Joe Crowley Student Union Theater

3:30 4:00 pm
Wally Miller and Shauna Uselman, Univ. Nevada, Reno. Alternative Agriculture: Plant, Soil and Water Interactions (Soil Conservation)

4:00 - 4:30 pm
Jay Davison
, Univ. of Nevada, Reno. The evaluation and commercialization of several low water use, high value crops in the Walker basin

4:30 5:00 pm
Beth Leger
, Univ. of Nevada, Reno. Restoration of arid shrublands in former agricultural fields of the Walker Basin

6:00 8:00 p.m.             Poster Session and Reception | Dinner and Refreshments
                                      Desert Research Institute 


Thursday, November 10

Joe Crowley Student Union Theater Box Office

7:30 8:30 a.m.              Continental Breakfast

UNR/DRI Walker Basin Research Project

Moderator: Mike Collopy and Jim Thomas
Joe Crowley Student Union Theater

8:30 am - 9:00 am
Sarah Null,
Utah State Univ., Sudeep Chandra, Univ. of Nevada, Reno and Kumud Acharya, DRI. Environmental Water Purchase Modeling to Manage Water Quality and Habitat

9:00 am - 9:30 am
Don Sada and Kumud Acharya,
DRI. Physicochemical and Biological Characteristics of the Walker River Benthic Community, 2007 2010

9:30 am 10:00 am
Doug Boyle,
Univ. of Nevada, Reno. Better understanding past, present, and possible future climate in the Walker River Basin

10:00 10:30 am              Refreshment Break

10:30 am 11:00 am
Kip Allander, U.S. Geological Survey. USGS contributions to hydrologic science of the Walker River Basin, NV and CA.

11:00 am 12:00 pm
Greg Pohll,
 Tim Minor, and Christopher Garner, DRI. Walker River Decision Support Tool and Spatial Database

12:00 pm
Jim Thomas
, DRI and Mike Collopy, UNR. Closing Remarks


Refreshments during the Symposium

The registration fee includes continental breakfasts on Nov. 9 and 10, plus refreshments during morning and afternoon breaks.

The poster session and reception on Wednesday evening, Nov. 9 at the Desert Research Institute also features a cash bar and appetizers.

University of Nevada, Reno
DRI