Reclamation Releases Draft Resource Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement on Newlands Project; Open House Sessions Scheduled

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

For Release: May 30, 2013

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the Draft Resource Management Plan and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the Newlands Project. The purpose of the Newlands Project RMP is to provide a single, comprehensive land use plan that will guide contemporary resource and recreation needs of the federal lands administered by Reclamation in the Newlands Project planning area.

The Newlands Project provides irrigation water from the Truckee and Carson Rivers for agricultural land in the Lahontan Valley near Fallon and benchlands near Fernley in western Nevada through a series of diversions, canals, dams and reservoirs.

Two open house sessions to provide information and receive public input will be held on:

Tuesday, June 18, 3-7 p.m., Churchill County Commission Chambers, 155 N. Taylor Street, Suite 110, Fallon, NV 89406

Wednesday, June 19, 4-7 p.m., Hyatt Place Reno-Tahoe Airport, 1790 East Plumb Lane, Reno, NV 89502

The Draft EIS was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is available at If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 916-978-5608) or email

The Draft RMP/EIS may be viewed at the Washoe County Library, 301 S. Center St., Reno, NV 89501; the Fernley Branch Lyon County Library, 575 Silver Lace Blvd., Fernley, NV 89408; and the Churchill County Library, 553 South Maine St., Fallon, NV 89406. The documents may also be viewed at the Bureau of Reclamation, Lahontan Basin Area Office, 705 N. Plaza Street, Room 320, Carson City, NV 89701 and the Natural Resources Library, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Main Interior Building, Washington, DC 20240.

For additional information or for special assistance to participate in the meetings, please contact Bob Edwards at 775-884-8342 (TTY 775-882-3436) or email Comments must be received by Monday, July 29, 2013, and should be sent to Bob Edwards, RMP Project Manager, Bureau of Reclamation, 705 N. Plaza Street, Room 320, Carson City, NV 89701, faxed to 775-882-7592 or emailed to Written comments may also be submitted during the open house sessions.

If special assistance is required to attend the open house sessions, please contact Edwards as far in advance as possible to enable Reclamation to secure the needed services.

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Relevant Link:

The Draft EIS