Deal reached in management of Truckee River


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.

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    1. tahoeadvocate says - Posted: August 22, 2015

      Where are those 2750 acre feet of water coming from?

    2. lou Pierini says - Posted: August 22, 2015

      Could be from the orr ditch.

    3. Justice says - Posted: August 22, 2015

      The main Truckee has always been a very strange west to east river and subject to a complete different water source than snow melt and rivers flowing west. As such it is subject to the Lake Tahoe levels of water and this year it has seen large areas de-watered and dry when the lake rim level dropped early.

    4. copper says - Posted: August 23, 2015

      Nothing strange about it; the Truckee is an east slope river that drains into the Great Basin.

      My own note made me curious; after a little research, the waterways draining into the Basin are the Susan River, the Truckee, the Carson River, the Walker River, and Rush, Lee Vining and Mill Creeks. Just for irony, most of the streams south of Lee Vining that used to end up in the Basin now contribute to the Los Angeles Aqueduct. Although there’s some question as to whether or not ending up in a toilet tank in Anaheim and thence into a municipal sewage treatment system really qualifies as “flowing to the Pacific.”

    5. Biggerpicture says - Posted: August 23, 2015

      “a very strange west to east river and subject to a complete different water source than snow melt”

      Once again Justice makes a comment on a subject that she knows nothing about.

    6. nature bats last says - Posted: August 23, 2015

      BP. justanass is a she? Just wondering…