How the Newlands Water Affects our Community

The Newlands water affects you.  You can make a difference by encouraging and supporting your elected representatives as they work to protect your assets and your way of life.  Today’s decisions will affect future well water supplies, your local economies, and could affect future geothermal power productions.

The Nevada State Legislature recognized the importance of repairing the Truckee Canal in passing Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 32 during the recent 75th legislative session: ”...the Truckee Canal must be repaired to prevent future flooding and to restore the full flow of water because the court-ordered drastically reduced flow, which is well below capacity, is creating an artificial drought which places in jeopardy the welfare and livelihood of farmers, homeowner, Native American tribes, state and federal governmental entities, municipal and industrial interests, the military facility and wildlife within the boundaries of the Newlands Project: and WHEREAS, A planned governmental or environmental study that would delay repairs for 3 to 5 years is not a viable option because the farmers cannot farm with years of reduced water delivery…”

Further, the Congress of the United States mandates in Public Law (PL) 101-618: “In addition to the existing [agricultural] irrigation purpose of the Newlands Reclamation Project, the Secretary [of the Interior] is authorized to operate and maintain the project for the purposes of:

  1. fish and wildlife, including endangered and threatened species;
  2. municipal and industrial water supply in Lyon and Churchill counties, Nevada, including the Fallon [Paiute-Shoshone] Indian Reservation;
  3. recreation;
  4. water quality, and
  5. any other purposes recognized as beneficial under the law of the State of Nevada.

The Truckee Canal, on land set aside by the Reclamation Act for use by the Bureau Of Reclamation (BOR), truly makes the Newlands Project the Green Machine.  It contributes to our local economy, produces green power, and makes the Lahontan Valley “the Oasis of Nevada” which in turn protects the air quality needed by Naval Air Station Fallon (NASF).

The Truckee Canal:

  • Helps maintain aquifer recharge for over 5,000 documented wells.
  • Helps sustain the third-most visited Nevada park, Lahontan State Recreation Area.
  • Provides irrigation for approximately 52,000 privately owned acres of agriculture lands in the Newlands Project.
  • Transports water to the wetlands, part of the Pacific Flyway, as required by international treaties.