- Lahontan Water District/Truckee River Sediment Collaborative
- A collaborative effort between the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Board and stakeholders in the upper Truckee River watershed. The Center facilitates this community-based process whose goal is to agree upon standards for sediment TMDLs (Total Maximum Daily Loads) in the watershed and implement strategies to improve water quality in the watershed.
- Lower Truckee River Total Maximum Daily Load
- The Truckee River is one of the most complex and complicated rivers in the western U.S. It has an extraordinary range of demands placed on it throughout a reach that, by comparison to other major western rivers, is relatively small (approximately 140 miles). Truckee River users include power generators, municipal, and recreational users in California and Nevada, residents and businesses in the Truckee Meadows (Cities of Reno and Sparks, and Washoe County), farmers and ranchers in eastern California and western Nevada including the Lahontan Valley, Federal military facilities, State and Federal fish and wildlife agencies, and the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe (PLPT), who steward Pyramid Lake and depend on the river as the only source of inflow and support of culturally significant fish species. A significant portion of the Truckee River is diverted by the Truckee Meadows Water Authority to serve the water needs of the Truckee Meadows region. A significant amount of wastewater from the Truckee Meadows is treated at the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility and is subsequently returned as treated effluent back to the Truckee River, upstream of the area known as the “Vista Reefs”. The Truckee River is currently dependent on these return flows and through the pending Truckee River Operating Agreement (TROA), is expected to remain dependent on these flows for some time. Nonetheless, the discharge of and dependence on effluent for river flows is not a desirable condition to the PLPT and to several water using jurisdictions in and near the Lahontan Valley.
- The Cities of Reno and Sparks, Nevada (Cities) have proposed to conduct a “Third Party Total maximum Daily Load review and potential revision for nutrient loads in the Truckee River in Nevada. The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency agreed in principal that this proposal had merit but stipulated that the Cities must have a comprehensive stakeholder component as part of the effort. They further recommended that the Cities contact CCP to advise and assist them in assessing stakeholder conditions and providing public process recommendations. CCP conducted the assessment between January and June 2007. It proved to be an exceptionally complex case. CCP has recommended that a regional multi-party stakeholder negotiation be conducted in support of the proposed nutrient TMDL as well as other compelling water quality challenges for the Truckee River watershed. NDEP and EPA have reviewed CCP’s recommendations and have expressed their approval to the Cities. The Cities similarly support CCP’s recommendations and the project is initiating in fall 2007.
- Results of the stakeholder process assessment: Stakeholder Process Feasibility Assessment: Lower Truckee River TMDL
- North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board Agricultural Lands Discharge Program
- In January 2011, CCP worked with the Regional Water Board to create and implement a collaborative public process for the development of its Agricultural Lands Discharge Program (Program). The Program seeks to reduce the impact of waste discharges from agricultural lands throughout the North Coast region; a geographically, economically, and environmentally diverse area that extends from the Sonoma Valley to the Oregon and Nevada borders. The stakeholder community is diverse with representatives from well-established viticulture organizations, single owner/operator agricultural operations, tribes, environmental interests, and local/state/federal government employees. The collaborative policymaking process for the Program faces three main challenges of how to address participant attendance, regional soil and agricultural activities’ impact on the scope of the program, and stakeholder conflict. As such, defining a single, region-wide Program requires great flexibility. To date, the process has included large and small group facilitation, as well as strategic analysis and consultation with Regional Water Board staff. The project is expected to conclude in July 2014.