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January 17, 2013
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Newlands Project draft report out

The Bureau of Reclamation today released for public review a draft report that presents alternatives to satisfy Newlands Project water rights and reduce risks to public safety from the Truckee Canal. Reclamation has scheduled three public meetings in January to discuss the Newlands Project Planning Study Draft Special Report.

The study was initiated as a result of a January 2008 breach of the Truckee Canal that flooded 590 properties in the city of Fernley, Nev., and led to restrictions on the amount of water the canal may convey. The Study is Reclamation's effort to investigate options for safely satisfying Project water rights, and the report will help guide decisions about the Project's future.

During the meetings, Reclamation will present the key findings in the Draft Special Report, describe the process to develop alternatives and receive public feedback on the report and its conclusions. The Draft Special Report includes seven alternatives for safely serving people, communities and lands that rely on Truckee River or Carson River water delivered by the Project.

Each meeting will include the same format and content and a presentation followed by a question-and-answer session. Meeting dates, times and locations are:

Nixon: 2-4 p.m. Jan. 29, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Council Chambers, 208 Capitol Hill

Fernley: 7-9 p.m. Jan. 29, Fernley City Council Chambers, 595 Silver Lace Blvd.

Fallon: 7-9 p.m. Jan. 30, Churchill County Commissioners' Chambers, 155 N. Taylor St., Suite 145

The draft special report is available online at If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or email

Written comments must be received by close of business Feb. 14, and should be sent to Harvey Edwards, Bureau of Reclamation, 705 N. Plaza St., Room 320, Carson City, NV 89701 or emailed to -

Originally known as the Truckee-Carson Project, the Project is one of Reclamation's oldest irrigation projects. Since 1903, it has served water users in the Truckee and Carson River Basins for agricultural and, increasingly, other purposes. Operation and maintenance of Project facilities is performed by the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District under a contract with Reclamation. For information about the Project, please visit

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