Historic Truckee River Accord

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The historic Truckee River Operating Agreement has moved a big step closer to reality.

The Sparks City Council agreed Tuesday to join Reno and Washoe
County in providing 6,700 acre-feet of water rights to improve water quality in the Truckee River, which flows about 100 miles between Lake Tahoe and Pyramid Lake.

The Reno City Council and Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe endorsed the
measure last week and the Washoe County Commission approved it
Tuesday night.

The requirement calls for the city of Reno to provide 60 percent of the water rights and for Sparks and the county to each contribute 20 percent.

The operating agreement negotiated by U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., in the early 1990s is designed to end decades of conflict over use of the Truckee's water.

"We're finally over the hump after 12, 15, however many years it's been," Spoarks Mayor Geno Martini said. "It's been a long time coming."

Reid's accord would give Reno and Sparks an additional 39,500 acre-feet of water storage in upstream reservoirs for use in drought years.

An acre-foot is about 325,851 gallons, or enough to supply a household of four with enough water for a year.

Sparks Public Works Director Wayne Seidel said the 6,700 acre-feet requirement was one of the final hurdles in the overall agreement.

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