Evidence of Secret Agendas:
Reid's Negotiated Water Settlement,
Interior Department, Found Unfair
copyright © 1997, Electric Nevada
|An independent federally funded review of Truckee-Pyramid-Carson Water Settlement negotiations says that, from the beginning, the talks have appeared notably biased against the Fallon, Nevada agricultural community.|
|The study also notes evidence suggesting that Nevada's senior U.S. Senator
Harry Reid, along with Interior officials, had quietly targeted for destruction the
Newlands Irrigation Project -- on which Fallon farms depend.
Although many Lahontan Valley residents have long contended this, the allegations in this instance come from presumedly objective outside experts.
The study was prepared for the Western Water Policy Review Advisory Comission, which Congress established in 1992 to review water resource activities by federal agencies in the nineteen Western states.
This particular 250-page analysis, The Truckee-Carson River Basin Study, was prepared by a contractor, Clearwater Consulting Corporation, and is to be incorporated into a final report to be presented to Congress and the President in October of this year.
In a section of the study devoted to "important lessons learned" from the Truckee Settlement negotiations, the consulting firm said the talks in many ways were "a case study in how to alienate a party to the extent that it is driven from the solution process."
significant, said the report, that Department of Interior representatives, when
interviewed, evidenced no inclination at all to recognize the interests of the Fallon
some agendas from the start."
notwithstanding the stated goal of maintaining a viable agricultural community, other agendas may be operating which have not been made explicit outside federal circles."
for the full report, visit the
for one of the many events through
which the federal government forfeited its credibility with Fallon residents, according to
the WWPRAC, see EN's Oct, '96 report:
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