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Desert Terminal Lakes Program

The Desert Terminal Lakes (DTL) Program began with Public Law 107-171, enacted 5/13/02 with legislation sponsored by Senator Harry Reid.  The legislation provided $200 million to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation “to provide water to at-risk natural desert terminal lakes”.   Subsequent legislation identified the three lakes as Pyramid, Summit and Walker, and broadened the allowable uses of the funding.  Public Law 110-246, enacted June 18, 2008 added an additional $175 million to the DTL Program.  A total of ten public laws have been enacted related to the Program; see the DTL Program Legislation page for the complete text of each law.
The funding is administered through Reclamation’s DTL Program in the Lahontan Basin Area Office in Carson City, Nevada.  Reclamation has the authority to provide the funding through the following avenues:  grants, interagency (federal), Public Law 93-638 (Native American), and cooperative agreements, Department of Interior inter-fund transfers and court stipulations.  All of the $375 million DTL funding has been committed to various entities. 

Types of entities receiving funding under the $375 million DTL Program include:

General types of projects funded include:

For assistance or additional information, please contact:
Caryn Huntt DeCarlo
Program Manager
Desert Terminal Lakes Program
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
705 North Plaza Street, Suite 320
Carson City, NV 89701
775-884-8352     Fax 775-882-7592

January 27, 2014