Reclamation Releases Draft EA on Conveyance of Treated Effluent Water Through the Newlands Project Drain in Nevada

Media Contact: Pete Lucero, 916-978-5100 TTY 916-978-5608
Andrea Minor, 775-884-8366

For Release: November 29, 2010

The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) that analyzes the effects of authorizing conveyance of up to 560 acre-feet per year of treated effluent water through the Newlands Project's Wade Drain.  Authorization by Reclamation would allow treated effluent water from Churchill County's Moody Lane Regional Water Reclamation Facility to flow through the Newlands Project Wade Drain to the Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge.

Minor modifications to the existing Wade Drain facilities would be made for the conveyance of the treated effluent water.  In particular, a new water control structure would be constructed to measure and release treated effluent from the D-Line to the F2 Drain.  The Wade Drain is located in the Lahontan Valley in Churchill County, near Fallon, Nevada.  Treated effluent from Churchill County, conveyed through the Wade Drain, would provide water to assist with restoring and protecting portions of historic wetlands habitat at the Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge.

The EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and may be viewed online at online.  If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 916-978-5608) or e-mail  The EA is also available for public review at the Churchill County Library, 553 South Maine Street, Fallon, NV  89406.

Written comments on the Draft EA are due by Friday, December 17, 2010, and should be mailed to Andrea Minor, Bureau of Reclamation, 705 N. Plaza Street, Room 320, Carson City, NV 89701-4015, or faxed to 775-882-7592, or e-mailed to  For additional information, please contact either Ms. Minor at 775-884-8366 or or Ed DeCarlo at 775-884-8367 or

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