Truckee River landmark deal signed |

Truckee River landmark deal signed

RENO, Nev. (AP) _ With the scenic stream flowing behind them, officials from Nevada, California and the federal government have signed a landmark agreement that settles a century-plus-old dispute over the Truckee River’s water.

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada and U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne joined local and state officials at the signing ceremony Saturday in Reno for the Truckee River Operating Agreement.

The complex document allocates the river’s waters between the two states and balances the interests of urban users, downstream farmers and the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe.

The Truckee flows more than 100 miles from the California side of Lake Tahoe to its terminus at Pyramid Lake, about 30 miles northeast of Reno.

Under the agreement, California will get two-thirds of Lake Tahoe’s water to Nevada’s one-third, while Nevada will receive 90 percent of the Truckee’s water to California’s 10 percent.


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