Water Rights

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Water Rights play an important role in the West.

In 2007, there was discussion about building a pipeline from Orient Farms on Highway 34, follow the powerline to Empire Farms, and then follow Highway 447 along Winnemucca Lake and eventually end up in Dayton. Sonterra Development Co. would transfer 7,200 acre-feet of water; High Rock Holding LLC would transfer over 20,000 acre-feet of groundwater, and Juniper Hill Partners LLC would tranfer 20,000 acre-feet of surface water through pipeline<ref>Karen Woodmansee, "Lyon County commissioners divided on water-transfer support," Nevada Appeal, October 18, 2007. (archive.org).</ref>.

In 2020, water rights from Empire Farms and the Hualapai basin were sold.<ref>"Months before a company lobbied the Legislature to create its own county, it purchased faraway water rights that could fuel future growth," Daniel Rothberg, February 12, 2021, The Nevada Independent</ref> In 2021, the company who bought the water rights stated that they no longer intended to build a community.<ref>"Nevada tech company asks to withdraw ‘Innovation Zone’ plan," Sam Metz (AP), KOLO. October 10, 2021.</ref>