Truckee Canal Extraordinary Maintenance Environmental Impact Statement

Truckee Canal XM Record of Decision

The Bureau of Reclamation signed a Record of Decision on the plan to perform extraordinary maintenance (XM) to restore safe, long-term operation of the Truckee Canal (Canal).

Reclamation previously released a draft and final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) analyzing potential effects of proposed alternatives associated with extraordinary maintenance on the Canal.

Canal improvements identified include embankment repairs, structural enhancements such as replacing check structures, and lining additional canal segments. The Canal is currently operated at a lower stage, or height of water, that complies with short-term risk reduction measures, until improvements are completed.

The Record of Decision and supporting reports are available at

The news release announcing the Record of Decision is available at

About the Truckee Canal XM EIS

The Bureau of Reclamation's Lahontan Basin Area Office, the lead federal agency, prepared an EIS for the Truckee Canal Extraordinary Operations and Maintenance project. The Truckee Canal XM EIS evaluates the environmental impacts of proposed alternatives to restore safe, long-term operations of the Canal in western Nevada (Lyon and Churchill counties). Extraordinary maintenance is proposed because routine maintenance would not comprehensively address the Canal risk factors and potentially result in long-term deterioration of the Canal.

The 31-mile long canal originates at the Derby Diversion Dam on the Truckee River, approximately 20 miles east of Reno, Nevada, and ends at Lahontan Reservoir. The 1996 operation and maintenance contract with the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District (TCID) requires Reclamation to evaluate the district's request to conduct extraordinary maintenance to reduce the risk of a failure.

As the lead federal agency, Reclamation prepared the EIS, in cooperation with the TCID, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Churchill County, the cities of Fallon and Fernley, the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Contact for More Information

For more information on the draft EIS, email, or contact Laurie Nicholas at 775-884-8360 or

Last Updated: 12/22/20