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Master of Environmental Science and Management: Master's Group Project

Evaluating Watershed Ecosystem Services and Nature-Based Conservation Solutions in the Carson and Walker Basins

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Group Members: McKenzie Bradford, Paige Fitzgibbon, Eric Holmes, Marina Lindsay, Austin Melcher

Faculty Advisors: Scott Jasechko

Client: The Nature Conservancy


Final Report


This research group project was commissioned by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to conduct a watershed analysis of the Carson and Walker river basins of Douglas County, Nevada. The graduate researchers developed a conceptual model of the local watershed, evaluated ecosystem services and the impacts of climate change, as well as performed a market feasibility study to determine if a water fund mechanism would be possible in the region.

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