TMWA purchases TCID water rights in Donner Lake

Mark Foree, the executive director of the Truckee Meadows Water Authority, announced at today’s TROA (Truckee River Operating Agreement) celebration that TMWA has purchased the water rights that the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District (TCID) owned in Donner Lake.  TMWA already owed the other half of the water rights to water stored in Donner Lake.

Mark Foree, Executive Director of TMWA, announcing the purchase of Donner Lake Water Rights.

Mark Foree, Executive Director of TMWA, announcing the purchase of Donner Lake Water Rights.

In a followup to his comments, he indicated that the purchase is expected to be completed by the beginning of February.  He also indicated that the TCID has agreed to drop lawsuits it still has regarding the TROA.

The TROA celebration was attended by many of the people who have been working on implementing the Truckee River Negotiated Settlement since the 1980’s.  Senator Harry Reid was instrumental in shepherding TROA for the last 2 and a half decades.  The Senator had planned to attend, but his flight from Las Vegas was cancelled due to the weather.  In remarks delivered by phone to the crowd of more than 75 people,  he acknowledged the many people who helped make TROA possible – including many of the people at the celebration.

Donner Lake with the Carson Range in the background.

Donner Lake with the Carson Range in the background.

 

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About Dennis Ghiglieri

My concern for the Truckee River grew over the years. It started with picking up trash and supporting better water quality. I helped create the "living river"plan with other citizens on the Community Flood Coalition; a plan to reduce flood impacts to infrastructure through river restoration and protection of the floodplain. I understand how critical the Truckee River is to the environment – and economy – of our entire region. I'm hoping that through these pages we can all understand our connection to the Truckee River and why we need to protect it.

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