Truckee River agreement reached |

Truckee River agreement reached

TRUCKEE ” The Truckee River Operating Agreement was signed Saturday at Wingfield Park by a group including Nevada Senator Harry Reid and Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne.

The Truckee River Operating Agreement divides the waters between Nevada and California and prevents future litigation regarding allocations; enhances conditions for threatened and endangered fish throughout the Truckee River basin; increases drought protection for the Truckee Meadows and improves water quality downstream from Reno-Sparks and enhances in stream flows and recreational opportunities in California and Nevada, according to a release from the office of Sen. Harry Reid.

“I began working on this agreement the night I was elected to the Senate, and it is undoubtedly one of the most important pieces of legislation on which I’ve worked,” Reid said in the release.

“We have traveled a long road to reach this day. The Truckee River has been the subject of conflict and litigation for the past 100 years,” Kempthorne said in the release.

Among the signers of the agreement at the ceremony were: Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Chairman Mervin Wright; United States Assistant Attorney General Ronald Tenpas; California Secretary for Resources Mike Chrisman; Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Director Allen Biaggi; and Truckee Meadows Water Authority Board Chairman Mike Carrigan.

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