Scholar: Mark Rincon
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kate Berry
Research Topic: "The History of Irrigating the Kings River Valley, Nevada using Geographic Information Systems (GIS)"
Abstract: The goal of this research project is to evaluate the history and geography of water usage and water rights in the Kings River Valley during the 20th century. The Kings River Valley is located northwest of Winnemucca, Nevada and is primarily in Humboldt County. Before the 1950's, the Kings River Valley was mainly a sheep and cattle ranching area, though this has changed. More specifically since 1956 ranchers have developed irrigated croplands within the valley. In this project Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is developed to analyze change over time in water usage and water rights. This paper will describe how the GIS is developed through usage of different layers on digital terrain, springs, rivers, wells, water rights and patterns of water use. This paper will conclude with a discussion about approaches using GIS for water management and more specifically suggest further avenues for research within the Kings River Valley.
Graduated With Baccalaureate Degree: Fall 2007
Masters or Doctoral Program Update: Accepted into a Master's Program in Geography and Planning at California State University, Chico for the fall of 2008. Completed a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science and Rechnology in the fall of 2010.