Derby Diversion Dam
Aerial view of the dam
|Location||Storey / Washoe counties, Nevada|
|Nearest city||Sparks, Nevada|
|MPS||Newlands Reclamation TR (AD)|
|NRHP Reference #||78001727|
|Added to NRHP||April 26, 1978|
Derby Dam is a diversion dam on the Truckee River, located between Reno and Fernley in Storey and Washoe counties in the U.S. state of Nevada. It diverts water that would otherwise feed Pyramid Lake into the Carson River watershed for irrigation use. In doing so, Winnemucca Lake lost inflow and dried up. It is operated by the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District. The dam was named after the Derby Southern Pacific Railroad station.
The dam was constructed for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation following an authorization for construction issued on March 14, 1903. Construction commenced on October 2, 1903 and was completed on May 20, 1905.