Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Shoshone-Paiute Tribal Chairman Lindsey Manning signed an historic agreement at the Department of the Interior that will guarantee water rights for the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation on the Nevada-Idaho border while providing certainty for upstream water users.
The agreement specifies tribal rights in relation to upstream water users on the East Fork of the Owyhee River and provides for tribal water development projects. The East Fork runs through both Nevada and Idaho but it is mostly Nevada interests who were affected.
Idaho Republican Sen. Mike Crapo worked with Democratic Sen. Harry Reid to get $60 million authorized to upgrade the Bureau of Indian Affairs irrigation system tribal members depend on for crops, livestock and other uses. The agreement allows that work, first authorized as part of the 2009 Omnibus Public Land Management Act, to go forward.