Department of Water Resources


The mission of the Nevada Division of Water Resources (NDWR) is to conserve, protect, manage and enhance the State's water resources for Nevada's citizens through the appropriation and reallocation of the public waters. In addition, the Division is responsible for quantifying existing water rights; monitoring water use; distributing water in accordance with court decrees; reviewing water availability for new subdivisions and condominiums; reviewing the construction and operation of dams; appropriating geothermal water; licensing and regulating well drillers and water rights surveyors; reviewing flood control projects; monitoring water resource data and records; and providing technical assistance to the public and governmental agencies.
Recent News
2082 Information about the State Water Plan Update
2076 NDOM and NDWR Project Permitting Guide
2072 Order 1333 - Establishing the Perennial Yield for the Cold Spring Valley Hydrographic Basin (100) Within Washoe County, Nevada, and Rescinding Interim Order 1307
2066 State Water Plan Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting Notice and Agenda
2054 Mason and Smith Valleys 2022 Recap
2046 NDWR Bulletin Regarding Extensions of Time
2044 NDWR Water Rights Surveyor Newsletter 2022
2042 Restoring Order 1302 Adopting the Groundwater Management Plan for the Diamond Valley Hydrographic Basin (10-153) within Eureka County, Nevada
2029 Order 1331 Establishing the Perennial Yield for the Dry Valley Hydrographic Basin (095) Within Washoe County, Nevada
2010 Walker River Drought Presentation April 11, 2022
2000 LWRFS Public Workshop March 30, 2022
2001 Amargosa Desert (Basin 230) Notice of Public Hearing
1999 Smith and Mason Valley residents invited to public workshops on groundwater
1992 Humboldt Modeling Annual Update March 2022
1984 Public Workshops on Humboldt River Modeling Efforts
1981 Interim Order Vacates Order 1197A in Amargosa Valley
1976 Order 1329 Establishing Interim Procedures for Managing Groundwater Appropriations in the Humboldt River Region
1969 2021 Water Year in Review
1946 Status of Proposed Designations of Hydrographic Basin Pursuant to NRS 534.030
1693 Extension of Time E-Forms with Online Payment
1417 Proof of pre-statutory vested water rights must be submitted to the Nevada State Engineer before December 31, 2027