HIGH WATER AND POTENTIAL FLOODING
Due to the abnormally high snow pack and continued impactful storms, Lahontan Reservoir could reach capacity much earlier than normal. Precautionary drawdowns of water from the reservoir have therefore been initiated. TCID and County Road crews have been working to clean the major canals and the Carson River channel to accommodate initial water releases that will gradually increase. The river and canals will be running at maximum capacity for many months. We encourage all property owners along the Carson River to take necessary precautions to minimize flooding and we urge you to stay away from these waters and keep your children away from them.
As river flows in the Carson River increase, please contact TCID 423-2141 if you notice any water leaving the river channel or canal system. In the coming weeks the County will ensure sand and sand bags are stockpiled in the most vulnerable areas.
Updates to this information will be provided as the situation changes.
Remember: Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads
The Wetlands This Winter
Beginning in September 2016, the Wetlands Program teamed up with Ducks Unlimited to conduct a Wetlands Enhancement Project that improved roadways in the Moist Cell Unit, added new water control structures in the outermost Cell, and increased flow throughout the Wetlands. The Project raised roadways around the Paiute Drain to decrease the chance of a washout, created a new pond, and connected the Wetlands with the West Pasture via a water control structure and small channel. The improved water efficiency will be especially important this year.
The Wetlands maintained water levels throughout the Winter, making a comfortable home for Winter Waterfowl. Decreased hunting activity has allowed several species to recover and will hopefully lead to a successful breeding season. The lingering effects of the drought soon to give way to an abundance of water and waterfowl.
Increased flows from the Truckee and Carson rivers have prompted TCID to release water into the Wetlands Valentine’s Day 2017. The Wetlands will deliver water into every cell and will direct water into new areas to aid TCID with this year’s increased flows. Snow Pack, should there be no more precipitation, will be at 132% for the year. Storage in the Lahontan Reservoir is at a staggering 226,968 Acre Feet compared to 38,388 Acre Feet in 2016. Expect there to be plenty of water in all the valleys Wetlands, Reservoirs, Lakes, and Rivers.
Voc. Rehab in Indian Country
On Tuesday, December 6, Anna L. Bateman, FPST Vocational Rehabilitation Program Manager held a meeting, Voc. Rehab in Indian Country, at the Tribal Health Center. Guest Speaker Rachel Allen, Delaware Nation Director of Vocational Rehabilitation from Oklahoma shared her experience as a Voc. Rehab Counselor and Director with over 15 years of experience. She shared history of Tribal VR. and gave examples of cases, services, eligibility examples and successful closures.
The purpose of the VR program is to provide VR Services to American Indians with disabilities who reside on or near Federal or State Reservations, consistent with their individual strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, and informed choice, so that they may prepare for and engage in gainful employment, including self-employment, telecommuting, and business ownership.
TVRs were originally demonstration grants that lasted 3 years and now TVRs compete every 5 years. They were brought about due to the state VR not reaching out to tribal communities, though they are supposed to be served like any other population. Additionally, those individuals from tribal communities who did participate were generally not receiving the services they needed to be successful and were not served in a culturally or culturally competent way. There are currently 89 TVR programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Services Administration. If you meet the criteria you may contact Anna Bateman at 775-428-2250.
This questionnaire is designed to help Churchill County, the City of Fallon and the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of Fallon, NV identify the community’s concerns about natural and human caused hazards. The questionnaire should be completed by an adult, preferably the property owner or the head of the household. All individual responses are strictly confidential and are for research purposes only. This questionnaire consist of 7 questions and will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.