Landowners Ask High Court To Nix Calif. Water Plan Ruling

Law360, Chicago (May 21, 2013, 4:57 PM EDT) -- Landowners have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reject an appellate ruling that found a lower court properly enacted a management plan aimed at ending a long-running dispute over water rights in California's Santa Maria Valley, saying the plan improperly allocates water contrary to federal irrigation preference.

In a May 14 petition for writ of certiorari, the landowners — mainly farmers — argued that the management plan "clashes" with the irrigation preference of federal reclamation law because it changed the principal use of federal project water...
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