What is TROA?

Signed on September 6, 2008, the Truckee River Operating Agreement (TROA) is an agreement dealing with operations of the reservoirs in the Truckee River basin. The primary purpose of TROA is to implement section 205(a) of Public Law (P.L.) 101-618, which directs the Department of the Interior to negotiate an agreement with California and Nevada to increase the operational flexibility and efficiency of certain reservoirs in the Lake Tahoe and Truckee River basins. Under Section 205(a)(2) of the public law, TROA is to ensure that water is stored in, and released from Truckee River reservoirs, to satisfy the exercise of water rights in conformance with the Orr Ditch decree and Truckee River General Electric decree. Those decrees determined the various owners of water rights on the Truckee River and their entitlement to water from the Truckee River system.