October 25, 2023
Ryan Collins, general manager of the Pershing County Water Conservation District in Lovelock on Oct. 3, 2023.
(David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
The Pershing County Water Conservation District’s headquarters in Lovelock sits off Interstate 80 a few miles before the Humboldt River disappears into a desert sink. Farmers here have priority rights to water in times of drought, according to the laws that govern the Humboldt River, which rises in northeastern Nevada and cuts a meandering blue line through valleys of sagebrush. But despite their high-priority rights, these irrigators face shortage after shortage.