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house Bill H.R. 3716

Settling a Nevada Water Rights Dispute

Argument in favor

Settles a nearly decade-long water dispute, with members of Congress brokering the deal.

Argument opposed

Lingering ecological concerns regarding a pair of endangered species.

bill Progress

  • EnactedSeptember 26th, 2014
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed September 18th, 2014
    Passed by Voice Vote
  • The house Passed July 22nd, 2014
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedDecember 12th, 2013

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What is House Bill H.R. 3716?

This bill settles a water rights dispute between the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and Fish Springs Ranch, LLC, allowing the tribe to get about $3.6 million and several hundred acres of land from Fish Springs Ranch in exchange for allowing the outfit to move ahead with a water project to facilitate development in the valleys north of Reno. The dispute began back in 2005, with negotiations beginning in 2007. According to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, this legislation would also allow the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe:

"to waive their claims, prohibit the U.S. from taking action on behalf of the Tribe after the agreement is enacted and release the U.S. from liability for the Tribe’s waived claims."
Reid has introduced companion legislation in the Senate. 


The bill concerns a water rights dispute between the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and Reno, Nevada water project developers.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3716

The CBO estimates no significant impact on the federal budget.


Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe - Fish Springs Ranch Settlement Act

Official Title

To ratify a water settlement agreement affecting the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, and for other purposes.

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