Sanitation Agency denied state funds |

Sanitation Agency denied state funds

The California State Department of Water Resources has denied the Tahoe-Truckee Sanitation Agency funding to upgrade its water reclamation plant, money the agency hoped to use to avert a major lawsuit by the City of Reno, Sparks and the Pyramid Lake Paiute Indian Tribe.

Sanitation Agency attorney Stephen A. Kronick announced to the Truckee River Basin Water Group March 7 that a letter from the Department of Water Resources declared it was premature to grant funding to help pay for the expansion of the regional water reclamation plant before the draft Truckee River Operating Agreement is complete.

“The Sanitation Agency’s position is that water quality issues need to be addressed now and that it is in the interest of public trust,” Kronick said.

He added that the Truckee River Operating Agreement may lead the agency to violations of state water standards.

“The Truckee River Operating Agreement is an environmental document,” said Carroll Hamon, spokesperson for the Department of Water Resources. “And if there are adverse water quality effects later they will be mitigated.”

When the draft operating agreement is complete, objections over the environmental issues will be addressed before the document is used as a guide to control water operations in the Truckee River Basin, Hamon added.

If upgrades to the Sanitation Agency are required because of a result of TROA then the parties named on the operating agreement are going to have to pay for it, he added.

Department of Water Resources officials said the draft TROA could be complete by the end of summer.

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