Apr 28 2011
A coalition of water users in the Lahontan Valley in northwest Nevada, along the Truckee Canal, have organized through the argument that their water and water rights are endangered.
The Friends of the Historic Truckee Canal said on their web site in April that “The Truckee Canal is the lifeblood that supports our economy and the water needed for everyone in Fernley. Studies have shown the canal supplies 75% of the ground water used by municipal and domestic wells. Whether you receive your water through the City of Fernley system or a private well, no matter where you live or how you receive water for your home or business, your water supply is in peril.
This has mandated that concerned citizens organize to protect and defend our right to a safe and continuous flow of water through the Truckee Canal.”
They also pointed out that “The Truckee Canal has been flowing at less than half of its regular flow since 2008. Since November of 2010 there has been no water in the canal.”
The immediate issue for the group is a motion to amend the Truckee River Agreement through approval of the Truckee River Operating Agreement. The group said that comments on the proposal are due at the court by May 4.
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