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USDA Reevaluates Plan To Turn Ditch Into Water Pipeline

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal agency and a Nevada water conservation district have agreed to re-evaluate a preliminary plan to turn part of a 140-year-old irrigation ditch in Reno into a water pipeline.

The federal Agriculture Department's Natural Resources Conservation Service announced last week it has formally terminated the initial phase of an environmental review of the flood-control project.

The move comes after environmentalists and local residents objected to the proposed 14-mile pipeline southeast of downtown Reno.

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Critics say the project could harm fish and wildlife. It also would affect countless recreationists who use the area for hiking, biking, bird-watching and photography.