End Foreseen to Longtime Dispute Over Truckee River Water

Federal officials say they foresee an end to a longstanding dispute over the Truckee River's waters with the release of a document that finds no significant adverse environmental impacts from a proposed agreement between various parties.

The final environmental study by the U-S Department of Interior and California Department of Water Resources concludes the Truckee
River Operating Agreement would provide a major boost to the river's water quality and fishery.

The operating agreement negotiated by Nevada Senator Harry Reid
in 1990 is designed to end decades of conflict over the Truckee's
water by balancing the interests of Fallon-area farmers, the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe's fisheries and upstream urban users.

Betsy Rieke (reek-ee) of the U-S Bureau of Reclamation says completion of the environmental impact statement has provided
momentum and she predicts her agency, Nevada and California, the
tribe and other parties will sign the agreement by the summer.

But Rieke acknowledges some hurdles remain before the agreement
can be signed.

Under the agreement, the amount of drought water storage for the
Reno area would triple and Reno, Sparks and Washoe County would
provide water rights to improve water quality in the lower Truckee.

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