Truckee River Water Quality Settlement Agreement-Federal Water Rights Acquisition Program

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SCH Number
Lead Agency
United States Department of the Interior, Indian Affairs
Document Title
Truckee River Water Quality Settlement Agreement-Federal Water Rights Acquisition Program
Document Type
FYI - Information Only
Document Description
Water Quality Settlement Agreement (WQSA) is an effort to address Truckee River water quality conditions by directly increasing river flow during the period of the year usually characterized by low flow. WQSA obligates the United States to allocate a total of $12 million to acquire Truckee River water rights. Whenever possible, water associated with such rights will be stored and accumulated in Truckee River reservoirs managed by BOR. Stored water is anticipated to be released primarily during periods of low flow (normally July, August, and September). The resulting flow augmentation is expected to increase the nutrient assimilative capacity of the Truckee River and dilute non-point source pollutants. Federal funds for the program have been fully appropriated by Congress and are managed by Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). BIA has contracted the acquisition program with the Tribe, and the Tribe has, in turn, subcontracted with a water rights acquisition contractor to acquire water and water rights. Water and water rights acquired by theTribe as part of WQSA is expected to be held in trust by the United States for the Tribe.

Contact Information

Steve Alcorn
Agency Name
U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Other Location Info
Counties Cont: Washoe, Storey, Lyon NV. Cities: Reno, Sparks, Fernley

Notice of Completion

Development Types
Other (Water Rights Acquisition)
Local Actions
Water Rights Acquisition
Project Issues
Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Economics/Jobs, Geology/Soils, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildlife
Reviewing Agencies
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, North Central Region 2 (CDFW), California Department of Justice, Attorney General's Office, California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 3 (DOT), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Lahontan South Lake Tahoe Region 6 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Department of Water Resources, Office of Historic Preservation, Resources Agency, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA)

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