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About the RMP...

Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) proposes to prepare an environmental document for the purpose of evaluating options for management of natural resources within the Newlands Project. The purpose of the action is to prepare a Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the lands managed in association with the Newlands Project. The RMP will be used to foster proper stewardship of public lands. The goal of Reclamation's RMP is to create a balance of resource development, recreation, and protection of natural and cultural resources for the lands and waters being managed. The plan will outline Reclamation management actions that will be implemented over a 10-year planning span. Federal Register

The Newlands Project

The Newlands Project covers lands in the west-central Nevada counties of Churchill, Lyon, Storey, and Washoe.  Water for the project comes from Lake Tahoe, which lies on the California/Nevada border, the Truckee River which drains Lake Tahoe, and the Carson River. 

The Newlands Project, formerly the Truckee-Carson Project, was one of the first Reclamation projects. Construction began in 1903.  It provides full service irrigation water  from the Truckee and Carson Rivers for about 55,000 acres of cropland in the Lahontan Valley near Fallon and bench lands near Fernley in western Nevada.  In addition, water from about 6,000 acres of project land has been transferred to the Lahontan Valley wetlands near Fallon.  The drainage basins contain nearly 3,400 square miles with a combined average annual runoff of about 850,000 acre-feet of water.   Details...

Please contact Bob Edwards for additional information
775-884-8342

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Last update: April 24, 2013

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