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Sponsored by the Walker Basin Project
The Walker Basin Project is a comprehensive, research-based project to sustain the basin's economy, ecosystem and lake.
Walker Lake waters originate as the East and West Walker Rivers in California, which then flow into Nevada and combine to form the Walker River in Mason Valley and ultimately flow into Walker Lake near Hawthorne in central Nevada. These waters support agriculture, recreation and wildlife within the ecosystem of the Walker Basin, which includes the river and its tributaries, the lake and related water bodies and habitats. Walker Lake is one of only three desert, closed lakes with a fresh water fishery in North America.
This federally funded project involves collaborative environmental and economic research conducted by researchers with the DRI and the University of Nevada, Reno. It also involves the acquisition of water and water rights from willing sellers under the coordination of the Nevada System of Higher Education.
Desert Research Institute — The Desert Research Institute (DRI) is the environmental research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education. DRI conducts cutting-edge applied research in air, land and life, and water quality across Nevada, the United States and on every continent. With more than 500 employees and two main campuses in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada, DRI generates $50 million in total annual revenue.
University of Nevada, Reno — Established in 1864, the University of Nevada, Reno is Nevada's land-grant institution. Within the University, ten colleges offer undergraduate and graduate majors. Graduate-level training and research, including a number of doctoral-level programs, further the University's mission to create scholarly activity.
The university is an integral part of the thriving Reno-Sparks area. Its 255-acre campus of rolling hills features a blend of ivy-covered buildings, sweeping lawns and functional, progressive architecture. The academic atmosphere is filled with rich surroundings for the cultural and intellectual development of students.