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Water Politics in Northern Nevada: A Century of Struggle
by Leah J. Wilds
University of Nevada Press, 2010
eISBN: 978-0-87417-834-0 | Paper: 978-0-87417-830-2
Library of Congress Classification TD224.N2W55 2010
Dewey Decimal Classification 363.6109793

Nevada’s Newlands Project, completed in 1915, was the first federally subsidized water reclamation scheme in the U.S. Water Politics in Northern Nevada examines its construction and its many unintended consequences, including deterioration of water quality, destruction of vital wetlands, interruption of ecosystems, and pollution of waterways and ground water. The project also resulted in decades of litigation involving water allocation and the abatement of environmental, social, and economic problems. This book traces the long course of negotiation between competing users that resulted in the signing of the Truckee River Operating Agreement in 2008. It illustrates the challenges of sharing a scarce resource to meet diverse needs and of preserving the resource and the environment for future generations.

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