9th Circuit: Rerouted Water By Irrigation Project Isn’t CWA Pollution

(August 24, 2015, 3:15 PM EDT) -- SAN FRANCISCO — An 8.5-mile-long drain that is part of the Klamath Irrigation Project does not discharge pollutants into the Klamath River, and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation does not need to get a permit for the drain under the Clean Water Act (CWA), a panel of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said Aug. 21 in affirming summary judgment against an environmental group (ONRC Action v. United States Bureau of Reclamation, et al., No. 12-35831, 9th Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 14705),

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