State engineer must remain tough (RGJ opinion)

RENO, Nev.–There is nothing more precious in Northern Nevada than water, so it is good to see that the Nevada state engineer is going to be tough on applications to make use of the area’s limited resource.

State Engineer Tracy Taylor last week rejected a proposal to pump water from a valley near Pyramid Lake to the growing areas of Fernley, Warm Springs and Spanish Springs because, he ruled, the 38,000 acre-feet request “substantially exceeds” the water available in the valley and would interfere with existing rights. Taylor also said the request violated the state’s anti-speculation doctrine.

Read the complete editorial at the Reno Gazette-Journal.


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