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Truckee water transfers ruling upheld

ASSOCIATED PRESS, posted on RGJ.com
12/11/07

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld most of the state engineer’s rulings in a case involving Truckee River water rights.

The Pyramid Paiute Tribe had appealed a U.S. District Court ruling in the case involving 10 different water rights holders in the Fernley area.
The issue in all 10 cases involved the owners’ rights to transfer their water rights to new owners or new parcels.
The tribe sought to block the transfers, arguing they were forfeited or abandoned for a variety of reasons including that the water involved had not been used on the land it was deeded to, in several of the cases, for more than 30 years. But the Nevada state engineer’s office rejected the tribe’s arguments.

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