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Water Rights Dedication Requirements
Water, being an invaluable resource, essential to the existence of life and paramount to the future growth of Churchill County, must be preserved and the impact on its diminishing availability, minimized.

In 1903, the United States Congress authorized the Newlands Project. Subsequent federal decrees on the Carson and Truckee Rivers secured water rights that have allowed and enhanced this community's growth. The intent of this ordinance is to protect this natural resource for future generations.

Water right dedication for parcel maps and division into large parcels maps: Water Resources: Two-acre feet of surface water rights shall be dedicated for each parcel created. If there is no surface water rights appurtenant to the land, a payment-in-lieu will be required as shown below.

Water right dedication for building permits: 
14.04.020.B.1.a. Before issuance of a building permit or placement permit for a new, primary, permanent structure that will be served by a private domestic or commercial well the applicant shall dedicate the required amount of surface water rights as specified below, or shall provide proof that the required amount of water rights for the subject property has previously been dedicated.

Dam at Lake Lahontan 
Dam at Lake Lahontan
For developments requiring hookups into the County Water System:
13.02.010.C applies: The development owner or property owner shall be required to dedicate to Churchill County, as a condition precedent to the permit or approval, any water rights reasonably necessary to ensure an adequate water supply for the intended or permitted use. The amount of water rights necessary shall be determined by the Churchill County engineering and capital projects department and the state engineer. Submit a quitclaim deed to Churchill County Planning Department with a map (prepared by a licensed water right surveyor) showing where the dwelling will be and where the water rights will be removed.

If there are no water rights appurtenant to the land, the applicant may pay an amount of cash equal to one and one half (1 1/2) times the fair market value of water rights required for dedication in lieu of the requirements set forth above. Fair market value is established by resolution of the Board of County Commissioners. The current value established on March 19, 2008, is $1,092 per acre-foot x 2.0 AF x 1.5 = $ 3,276.00 per dwelling.