Departments and Programs

The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Department of Water Resources works directly with many of the upstream Truckee River water users, as well as many local, States and Federal governmental entities and agencies with oversight for regulatory enforcement and compliance. Water Resources has been actively involved for many years with regional water issues for the protection and implementation of many water related agreements addressing water quality, Truckee River flow regime, and many more for the protection, restoration and recovery of the endangered and threatened species in Pyramid Lake. Importantly, Water Resources is actively involved with regional participation of water issues off the Pyramid Lake Reservation, which may have an impact on the Tribe’s water resources.

The Water Quality Program's mission is to maintain the biological, chemical and physical integrity of surface waters and riparian areas within the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation and improve water quality conditions for the benefit of the threatened and endangered wildlife in Pyramid Lake and the lower Truckee River.

The main purpose of the Tribal Response Program (also known as the TRP or Brownfields Program) is to provide oversight of brownfield-related activities (see the FAQs tab for more information).  

The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe is greatly concerned about air pollution especially those that pose risks to human health, impairment to visibility, and air deposition of pollutants impacting the environmental health to the Natural Resources of the Pyramid Lake Reservation.

The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe has been committed to protecting riparian ecosystems, agricultural lands, rangelands, and wetlands to benefit spawning fish, aquatic life and wildlife. Cultural Resources also are a priority for protection. Abundant species of willows, tule, and native plants are harvested by tribal members throughout the riparian lands, as well as, chokecherry and elderberries in canyons with perennial streams and springs.  Because of high infestation of noxious weeds within the riparian zone, much effort has been placed in eradicating and reducing weeds in these areas.