Reclamation Releases Newlands Project Planning Study Report

Media Contact: Pete Lucero, MP Region Public Affairs Officer, 916-978-5100

For Release: April 24, 2013

CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Bureau of Reclamation announced today the release of the Newlands Project Planning Study Report. The report presents alternatives to satisfy Newlands Project water rights and reduce risks to public safety from the Truckee Canal.
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.
The Study developed seven alternatives for safely serving people, communities and lands that rely on Truckee River or Carson River water delivered by the Project. The future of the Truckee Canal is of interest to a diverse set of agencies and stakeholders, and the alternatives formulated and evaluated in the Study may include elements that could call for participation by a broad range of partners.
The report is available online at If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or email

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 Harvey Edwards, Lahontan Basin Area Office, at 775-884-8369 or

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Newlands Project Planning Study Report