November 21, 2014
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld most of the state engineer's rulings in a case involving Truckee River water rights.
The Pyramid Paiute Tribe had appealed a federal court ruling in the case involving ten different water rights holders in the Fernley area.
The issue in all ten cases involves the owners' rights to transfer their water rights to new owners or new parcels.
The tribe sought to block the transfers, arguing they were forfeited or abandoned for a variety of reasons including that the water involved had not been used on the land it was deeded to, in several of the cases, for more than 30 years. But the Nevada state engineer's office rejected the tribe's arguments.
The appeals court panel in San Francisco generally endorsed the engineer's decision.