The Water Canyon Yurt Project is being proposed by the Northern Nevada Recreation Coalition (NNRC), a non-profit 501 (3) (c) organization of outdoor enthusiasts living in and around the Winnemucca area. As proposed, the yurt platform would be located approximately 1 ½ miles above the upper Water Canyon gate. This gate is closed to vehicular traffic from November 1 to June 1. The permit if granted would be for a three year period, at which time the proponent would have the option to renew.
The construction of the semi-permanent platform would require a minimal ground disturbance in that the 14 foot diameter deck would rest on 10 concrete pier blocks each being 1 foot square. A similar 4 foot square adjacent platform (with no more than 4 concrete blocks) would be constructed to support a composting toilet. Vegetation would have to be manually cut from the platform site and the only soil disturbance would be from digging with hand tools to level out the 10 - 14 concrete pier blocks. Both the yurt and composting toilet would be in place only during the late fall and early winter months – the yurt being assembled just prior to the seasonal closing of the upper gate and disassembled in the February – March time frame. The 14 foot diameter wooden deck (and adjacent 4 foot square decking for the composting toilet) would be constructed in such a way as to insure their complete removal if ever needed. Furthermore, the method of construction would also insure that the area occupied by these structures could be easily rehabilitated to its natural condition. The composting toilet is fully self-contained and easily transported. Disposal of the composted material would be required on a yearly basis.