DOI Dodges Suit Over Calif. Drainage Project In 9th Circ.

Law360, New York (April 5, 2013, 5:12 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit on Friday said the U.S. Department of the Interior is not obligated to compensate a pair of California water districts over claims that poor drainage in the state’s massive Central Valley Project causes low-quality water flow downstream.

While the appeals court recognized that Interior’s progress in providing adequate drainage in connection with the project has been slow and the frustration of plaintiffs Firebaugh Canal Water District and the Central California Irrigation District is therefore understandable, it ultimately held that Interior’s broad discretion in...
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