TMWA Seeks Feedback On Water Resource Plan

Dec 8, 2015

The Truckee Meadows Water Authority is asking for input on its water resource plan, as the agency looks to how best manage the region's critical water supply. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey has the details.

Every five years, TMWA looks into its crystal ball to review and revise its twenty-year water resource plan. 

John Erwin is director of natural resources at the authority. He says when the snowpack is as low as it was last year, that can make things especially tough.

"Doing a water plan in the middle of a drought always has its challenges. Are we at the middle? Are we at the end? We just don't know."

Erwin says the one of the biggest changes will be implementing the Truckee River Operating Agreement, a multi-state compact, which will double maybe even triple of upstream reserves.

"And that is significant because that means now we're able to store water in certain times of the year, winter time for example, where we were never able to do that before."

TMWA's Board of Directors will vote on a final version of the plan sometime early next year.

The public is invited to the last open house Wednesday, Dec. 9 at the McKinley Arts and Culture Center in Reno from 5:30-7 p.m.