The Pyramid Lake Department of Water Resources was founded in 1990 with the intention of implementating PL 101-618. Over the past 13 years the Tribe has been involved with various state and federal agencies, negotiating a reasonable water rights settlement. The Settlement Act, as it is sometimes called, will help stablize lake levels, provide sufficient flows to maintain the fisheries program, and provide the tribe with an Economic Development Fund for the future needs of the Pyramid Lake Reservation.
The water Resources Department also manages the water for area farmers
to irrigate lands within the boundaries of the reservation. The water
comes from the 1944 Orr Ditch Decree. Currently the department is working
on the Draft Truckee River Operating Agreement (TROA). One of the main
objectives of the department is to secure enough water for the maintenance
of Pyramid Lake.