Senate Approves $95 Million for Walker Lake

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The U.S. Senate has approved a multimillion-dollar package of water- and flood-control projects that includes $95 million to help save imperiled Walker Lake.

The amendment originally was included in the 2002 farm bill. It releases $70 million to the University of Nevada, Reno, for an agricultural and natural resources center to work on research, restoration and educational activities along the Walker River.

Another $10 million will provide for a water lease and purchase program for the Walker River Tribe. $10 million will go toward eradication of the thirsty tamarisk, which sucks up water from native plants, and $5 million will go for fishery improvements.

Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign and Congressman Jim Gibbons have been working to create a means to release the funding, which was stripped from another spending bill earlier this year.