By Associated Press
Water officials have finalized a deal regarding the Truckee River after decadeslong disputes over how the waters should be managed.
The Reno Gazette-Journal reports Truckee Meadows Water Authority directors have agreed to sell up to 2,750 acre-feet of water rights to the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. The long-pursued Truckee River Operating Agreement could now be implemented by next year.
The agreement was signed by the tribe, federal government , Nevada and California in 2008 but lawsuits have stalled its progress.
The sale of the water rights will allow the dismissal of the remaining lawsuits, including a suit filed in 1973 against the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District.
The agreement has been designed to permanently replace an inflexible water system and will allow more storage in upstream reservoirs for use during drought.