On Tuesday, the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District held a special meeting to discuss and re-evaluate the 2022 Water Supply. Board members agreed to raise the allocation from 70% to 85%. “The run-off has outperformed our expectations,” said Rusty Jardine, who is completing his last week at the district prior to retiring. He will be replaced by Ben Shawcroft who has served Churchill County as the Civil Deputy District Attorney.
TCID will also be holding a Special Election on June 30 to address the approval by water right holders of the Extraordinary Maintenance contract with the Bureau of Reclamation to repair the Truckee Canal through the Fernley Reach, in Lyon County. The $35 million project is scheduled to begin in October of 2022 and is anticipated to take one year to complete.
The project will not make use of the Truckee Canal during that time to serve water rights, nor make diversions to the Lahontan Reservoir.
Jardine reported to the Churchill County Commission last week that the repairs are necessary but recognizes the severity of shutting off the canal. “This is a tremendous sacrifice by all water right owners.”
If the water right holders do not approve the project, flows in the Truckee Canal will be cut from 500 cubic feet per second to 140 cfs.