Comment period for Newlands report extended |

Comment period for Newlands report extended

Staff Reports

The Bureau of Reclamation announced today an extension for public review and comment period on the Newlands Project Planning Study Draft Special Report from the original date of Feb. 14 to Feb. 28. The Draft Special Report presents alternatives to satisfy Newlands Project water rights and reduce risks to public safety from the Truckee Canal. Reclamation held three public meetings in January to discuss the 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 presented key findings in the Draft Special Report, described the process to develop alternatives and received 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.

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 5:00 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, and should be sent to Harvey Edwards, Bureau of Reclamation, 705 N. Plaza Street, 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

For additional information, please contact Donna Potter, Public Affairs Specialist, at 916-978-5103 or