Nevada Takes Action to Save Wildlife Amid Devastating Drought

Rainbow trout Rainbow trout Chase B/Shutterstock.com

Nevada is taking drastic measures to keep wildlife alive. 

The state Department of Wildlife assembled a team of rescuers on Tuesday to pull fish out of water-filled ditches in Reno that are expected to dry up amid the devastating drought.

A 25-person team—made up of department officials and volunteers—used nets to scoop up the imperiled creatures, which included rainbow trout, whitefish, and minnows.

"We're trying to make sure the fish in there get a second chance," department spokesman Chris Healy told the Reno Gazette-Journal. "Nobody likes to see a natural resource go to waste. We would have seen a lot of fish go to waste."

After pulling the fish from the steadily shrinking pools of water, the team loaded them into massive fish tanks hauled by a fleet of trucks. Most of the roughly 3,000 fish saved this week will be released into the nearby Truckee River.

In recent weeks, local water authorities diverted the flow of water into the ditches from the river, which has slowed to a trickle in some areas as a result of persistent water shortages.

The American Southwest is suffering through a 14-year drought that has wreaked havoc on rivers, lakes, and streams. 

Nevada has been particularly hard-hit. Last month, the water in Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the country, dropped to its lowest level seen since it was first filled in the 1930s. 

(Image via Chase B/Shutterstock.com)

NEWSLETTER

Get daily news from Route Fifty

Top stories on how innovation is driving smarter government across the country.

FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Sponsored by Brocade

    Best of 2016 Federal Forum eBook

    Earlier this summer, Federal and tech industry leaders convened to talk security, machine learning, network modernization, DevOps, and much more at the 2016 Federal Forum. This eBook includes a useful summary highlighting the best content shared at the 2016 Federal Forum to help agencies modernize their network infrastructure.

    Download
  • Sponsored by CDW-G

    GBC Flash Poll Series: Merger & Acquisitions

    Download this GBC Flash Poll to learn more about federal perspectives on the impact of industry consolidation.

    Download
  • Sponsored by One Identity

    One Nation Under Guard: Securing User Identities Across State and Local Government

    In 2016, the government can expect even more sophisticated threats on the horizon, making it all the more imperative that agencies enforce proper identity and access management (IAM) practices. In order to better measure the current state of IAM at the state and local level, Government Business Council (GBC) conducted an in-depth research study of state and local employees.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    The Next Federal Evolution of Cloud

    This GBC report explains the evolution of cloud computing in federal government, and provides an outlook for the future of the cloud in government IT.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    A DevOps Roadmap for the Federal Government

    This GBC Report discusses how DevOps is steadily gaining traction among some of government's leading IT developers and agencies.

    Download
  • Sponsored by LTC Partners, administrators of the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program

    Approaching the Brink of Federal Retirement

    Approximately 10,000 baby boomers are reaching retirement age per day, and a growing number of federal employees are preparing themselves for the next chapter of their lives. Learn how to tackle the challenges that today's workforce faces in laying the groundwork for a smooth and secure retirement.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    Cyber Defense 101: Arming the Next Generation of Government Employees

    Read this issue brief to learn about the sector's most potent challenges in the new cyber landscape and how government organizations are building a robust, threat-aware infrastructure

    Download
  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    GBC Issue Brief: Cultivating Digital Services in the Federal Landscape

    Read this GBC issue brief to learn more about the current state of digital services in the government, and how key players are pushing enhancements towards a user-centric approach.

    Download
  • Sponsored by CDW-G

    Joint Enterprise Licensing Agreements

    Read this eBook to learn how defense agencies can achieve savings and efficiencies with an Enterprise Software Agreement.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Cloudera

    Government Forum Content Library

    Get all the essential resources needed for effective technology strategies in the federal landscape.

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.