The big storm that dumped rain and snow on northern Nevada did not relieve us from our severe drought. All that rain in Reno and Sparks quickly filled the Truckee River but most of it is just surface runoff. Every drop of that water in the Truckee is already spoken for, no matter how high or low the water levels. It all starts upstream at Lake Tahoe. … Jim Litchfield who is a former surface water hydrologist says not everyone getting a fair cut of the water.