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Revised draft environmental impact statement/environmental impact report : Truckee River operating agreement

Publication Type:

Government Report

Source:

U.S. Dept. of the Interior ; State of California, Dept. of Water Resources, (2003)

URL:

http://www.usbr.gov/mp/troa/docs/TROAdraft.pdf

Keywords:

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Abstract:

Preface: This draft of the Truckee River Operating Agreement (TROA) is the preferred
alternative for analysis in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental
Impact Report to which it is an appendix. This Draft TROA is the result of negotiations
among representatives of the United States Departments of the Interior and Justice, the
State of California, the State of Nevada, the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe of Indians, Sierra
Pacific Power Company, and other entities in the State of California and the State of
Nevada. This Draft TROA represents agreement among its negotiators that it is a draft
and it constitutes the preferred alternative for operating Truckee River Reservoirs in a
manner which will carry out terms of Public Law No. 101-618, the Truckee-Carson-
Pyramid Lake Water Rights Settlement Act (Settlement Act). Section 205(a)(9) of the
Settlement Act requires that the Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior
satisfy the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act in negotiating TROA.
Although not a requirement of the Settlement Act, the State of California must comply
with the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
TROA may only be signed following completion of a Final Environmental Impact
Statement/Environmental Impact Report, consideration of its information, incorporation
of any modifications to TROA made in response to such information, and completion of
a Record of Decision and other notices and decision documents required by federal and
California law, including CEQA. Additionally, the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe will sign
TROA only if it is approved by a referendum vote of tribal members.
If signed, a number of prerequisites must be satisfied before TROA becomes
effective. One prerequisite is that it be promulgated as a federal regulation [Section
205(a)(5) of the Settlement Act]. Another is that it be submitted to the U.S. District
Courts which administer the Orr Ditch and Truckee River General Electric Decrees
[Section 205(a)(4) of the Settlement Act] for approval of any necessary modifications in
the provisions of those Decrees. Once it enters into effect, TROA will serve as the
operating agreement called for in Section 205(a) of the Settlement Act.