Bill is Final Step in Water Import Project

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress is the last step toward finalizing a water import project in Reno that's been years in the making.

The 28-mile-long pipeline from Fish Springs Ranch along the Nevada-California line to the North Valleys area was completed in 2007 just as the housing market collapsed.

On Thursday, Sens. Harry Reid and Dean Heller and Rep. Mark Amodei introduced legislation that would ink a settlement between Vidler Water Co. and the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe.

Vidler purchased the Fish Springs Ranch in 2000 with plans to pipe 8,000 acre-feet of water. It has invested $100 million into the project.

Under the settlement, Vidler agreed to pay the tribe $3.6 million and convey 6,000 acres of land.

Congressional approval is needed to complete the deal.

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