The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $5.6 million in funding for Nevada tribes in support of environmental programs, drinking water programs, wastewater infrastructure and community education.

The Walker River Paiute Tribe had completed an irrigation project which improves the water quality by addressing irrigation return flows that contribute to sediment and nutrients into Walker River. The Tribe repaired eroded irrigation ditches by stabilizing 985 feet of bank, installing five rock structures across the ditch and revegetating the bank with willow pole plantings and native vegetation.

The return flow serves approximately 1,000 acres of alfalfa on the west side of Walker River.