Washoe Export Plan Draws Protests

Protests are being filed with Nevada's state water engineer to plans by developers to export thousands of acre-feet of water from Washoe County for projects outside the county.

Washoe County commissioners voted to protest water transfers sought by Sonterra Development from Hualapai Flat and San Emedio Desert to communities in Lyon and Storey counties. Protests also are being filed by the Sierra Club and by the Great Basin Water Network.

More water rights applications from Hualapai will come before the Washoe County Commission in September. The water would be used
for a pipeline to be built by Wade Development in partnership with
Gerlach-area farmer Mike Stewart.

Sonterra is controlled by Wade Development, owner of a business
park and commercial area in Fernley. The company wants to use the
water for a residential projects that would include six-thousand
homes on the north side of Fernley.

The applications filed with the state engineer says Sonterra also wants to divert the water to Silver Springs, Stagecoach and Dayton.

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