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The Truckee River supplies several tribes with water, and the drop in levels in Lake Tahoe, combined with the Derby Dam, are robbing the tribes of their water.

Video: Water Supply Recedes for Tribes Along the Truckee River


The waters of the Truckee River feed several tribes, among them the Pyramid Lake Paiute and the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone. But over the past few years, drought, hotter temperatures and the siphoning off of water via the Derby Dam have been depleting the amount of water that flows through the river to the tribes.

The video below, presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Washington, D.C. in mid-February, illustrates the problem with descriptions from tribal experts themselves. The Truckee River is 121 miles long and runs through California.

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“It’s always been known through the traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation that we have to take care of our surroundings,” says Mervin Wright Junior, Hydrologist, Environmental Manager for Pyramid Lake Paiute, in a voiceover introduction. “We have to be responsible to the extent that we can to assure that our water—primarily our water—is going to be available. Water is life.”

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