Environmental lawsuit takes aim at pre-dam water rights

Outlet: Chico Enterprise-Record

December 2, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO — Environmental groups filed a legal challenge to water rights of some of Northern California’s oldest agricultural water users, stating that contracts for the next 40 years violate the Endangered Species Act. The suit is an appeal to the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and seeks to revisit 40-year water contracts approved in 2005 between the federal Bureau of Reclamation and water districts including Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District in Willows, Princeton-Codora-Glenn Irrigation District, Provident Irrigation District, Anderson-Cottonwood Irrigation District, city of Redding, M&T Chico Ranch, and others…

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