Douglas County man recognized for river-water protection |

Douglas County man recognized for river-water protection

Terri Harber
Appeal Staff Writer

Most people who know retired Douglas County dairy rancher Andy Aldax consider him modest and highly knowledgeable regarding the importance of the Carson River to the region’s farmers and ranchers.

Aldax, 73, was recognized for his efforts by being the first recipient of the Carson Water Subconservancy District’s new Andy Aldax Award for exemplary service in conservation and protection of the Carson River watershed.

“Water is the lifeblood of Nevada,” Aldax said. “The picture is changing continuously.”

He began serving on the board of the Carson Water Subconservancy District when the agency formed in 1959. His focus was – and continues to be – on the needs of agricultural water users.

Farmers and ranchers realize water is a limited resource so “they have to make the best use of it,” he said.

Water concerns have only garnered wide attention around the region during the past decade or so because of population growth.

Since he started with the district, people in the agriculture business have made great strides in conserving and protecting water. Douglas County farmers and ranchers depend on the Carson River for much of their water. The rest comes from wells.

“He has a wealth of knowledge,” said Edwin James, the district general manager, about Aldax. “He’s down to earth, and a good mentor.”

The subconservancy is a bi-state agency that focuses on the needs of the communities within the Carson River Watershed and the function of the river system.

Its board of directors consists of members from each of the five counties – Carson City, Lyon, Douglas, Churchill and Alpine – within the watershed, and two people from the agricultural community. Supervisors Robin Williamson and Pete Livermore are the city’s representatives.

The award was presented to Aldax on Wednesday. It will continue to bear his name as it’s given out annually.

• Contact reporter Terri Harber at tharber or 882-2111, ext. 215.