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City Gets $100,000 Grant for Virginia Lake Water Quality Improvements


Virignia Lake Image by raymondtan85/Flickr.com.

The suffering and sullied Virginia Lake may be getting a fix.

The City Council will hear a recommendation at tomorrow’s council meeting to accept a $100,000 grant from the Truckee River Fund at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, matched with more than$200,000 in the hopes of improving the lake’s water quality.

The project is designed to improve the lake’s circulation and enhance water quality. Upon council approval of the funds, the project is expected to begin this fall.

Edgewater Development has contributed $116,315 toward the project and another $113,184 is coming from a Public Works capital projects fund.

The city has been promoting improvements to the lake with a public outreach campaign.

City Councilmember Naomi Duerr said previously that “the water quality issue at Virginia Lake took more than 50 years to develop. It is going to take several years to truly understand the underlying cause and implement a long-term solution.

“While we want to make an impact as soon as possible, we are not looking for a quick fix.”

Poor water conditions at Virginia Lake have caused citizen complaints, and the lake is recognized as having historic water quality problems.

A public health advisory was issued last year because of harmful algae blooms and diseased and dying waterfowl.


Bob Conrad
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Bob Conrad is publisher, editor and co-founder of This Is Reno. He has served in communications positions for various state agencies and earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011. He is also a part time instructor at UNR and sits on the boards of the Nevada Press Association and Nevada Open Government Coalition.