Monthly Archives: December 2016

Nevada To Learn Water Use Lessons From Israel

The Las Vegas Review Journal reports that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce this week is putting on what’s called a BusinessH2O Summit in Las Vegas. The RJ says the purpose is to highlight water management problems with people and groups who make water management decisions. The goal is to produce practical ways to prevent a water crisis.

The article cites Israel as a model of good water development and stewardship. Although over half desert, Israel is an exporter of water, enjoying a national surplus. Desalination experts, it has turned the Mediterranean sea into a source of drinking water. Israel also reclaims 9/10’s of its water, compared to only 1% for the United States.

Prospects seem good for new initiatives and collaboration between Israel and the United States, including Nevada. Wise water management techniques are already being shared between governments. These things can include new drip irrigation methods and ways to practice leak detection.

A Nevada supported group called Waterstart will enter into a “Cooperative agreement with the Israeli Innovation Authority to promote greater collaboration in research and development.” As the most arid state in the nation, Nevada can only benefit from the results of these cooperative efforts.

 

 

 

USDA Invests in Rural Nevada

Did you know that the United States Department of Food and Agriculture provides rental assistance to low income Nevadans? And that they secure loans to rural hotels like the Holiday Express in Elko and the Comfort Inn in Fallon?

According to a USDA Rural Development news release, $69 million in fiscal year 2016 went to rental assistance for low income Nevadans living in apartments the USDA finances. The USDA Rural Development program also secures home loans. Much of Nevada’s population is eligible, with the exceptions of metropolitan Carson City, Washoe, and Clark counties.

In all, over $118 million dollars was invested in different projects in 2016. Besides the programs mentioned above, money went to build a wastewater treatment plant in Winnemucca, to develop marketing programs for farmers and other producers, and to purchase community senior vans and patrol vehicles.

The USDA Rural Development has offices in Carson City, Fallon, Las Vegas and Elko.

Their website is here: https://www.rd.usda.gov

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