Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senators Harry Reid and Dean Heller with Congressman Mark Amodei today introduced legislation in both the Senate and House on the Fish Springs Ranch water settlement in Northern Nevada. Since 2005, the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and the Fish Springs Ranch, LLC, have been involved in litigation over a proposed Fish Springs Ranch water project which could have possible impacts to Pyramid Lake.
The Tribe and Vidler have negotiated and finalized a settlement agreement which would allow the water project to move forward in return for $3.6 million and the transfer of several hundred acres of land to the Tribe. The Tribe will waive its claims to any existing and claimed water rights. This legislation would approve the settlement agreement and would have no cost to taxpayers.
“This is a bipartisan proposal that would simply allow the water settlement between the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and Fish Springs Ranch LLC to move forward without costing a dime,” said Senator Reid. “The tribe will gain access to nearly $4 million in settlement funds that they can use for social programs, education and to protect and restore Pyramid Lake, one of Nevada’s desert jewels.”
“This legislation is an important piece of the puzzle towards moving the settlement forward between the Tribe and Vidler,” said Senator Dean Heller. “This bipartisan proposal ultimately benefits all parties involved, and I look forward to working with Senator Reid and Representative Amodei to ensure its passage.”
“This agreement is another important piece of the infrastructure puzzle for the Truckee Meadows with an eye towards responsible resource use,” said Congressman Amodei.