Wetlands are important features in the landscape that provide numerous beneficial services, or functions, for people, fish and wildlife. Wetlands are the link between land and water resources; wetland functions include protecting and improving water quality, providing fish and wildlife habitat, control and mitigation of floodwaters, groundwater recharge and providing biological productivity. The value of wetlands is largely determined by local communities with wetlands providing cultural, historical and educational values. Impacts to wetlands and their functions can decrease the economic and ecological values of wetlands.

The Tribe's Wetland Protection Program is continuing toward the goal of protecting and restoring wetlands for their economic, cultural, environmental and human health benefits. With the recent development and approval of Tribe's Wetland Program Plan by the US EPA, the Wetland Program continuously works to enhance the protection of wetland resources within the reservation boundaries.

Wetlands provide great benefits to all forms of wildlife, as well as improve water quality by filtering pollutants through their sponge-like characteristics. Several wetlands have been created or restored along the Truckee River in recent years and more restoration projects are in the works. The Tribe hopes to partner with other agencies and professionals to restore wetland habitat throughout the 21 wetlands within the Reservation.

Recent Wetland Program Projects

Numana Wetland Restoration Design 

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Completed in 2017, the Numana Wetland Restoration Design is a comprehensive plan developed to improve wetland habitat and increase the value of wetland natural resources. Funded by a EPA 400(C)(B) grant award, the Natural Resources Department worked with contractor Ecology Artisans to bring this project to light. The design outlines the challenges and threats the wetland faces and details management practices that, if implemented, can work to improve condition. The Wetland Program is actively working to fund and implement components of the design.  

If you would like more information please contact:

Emily Gibson
Wetland Specialist
Natural Resources Department
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe
P.O. Box 256
Nixon, NV 89424
(775) 574-0101 ex. 2