Westlands Water District Will Take Over Drainage, Get Permanent Water Supply

Mealey's (September 24, 2015, 1:34 PM EDT) -- FRESNO, Calif. — California’s Westlands Water District and the U.S. Department of Interior on Sept. 15 signed an agreement that resolves three legal cases and, in part, gives the district a permanent water supply in return for the district taking over operation of drainage within the water district.

(Westlands settlement agreement available. Document #95-151008-003P.)

A 2000 ruling by the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals required the Interior Department to provide drainage to the San Luis Unit of the Central Valley Project (Firebaugh Canal Co. v....
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