Water suit

Court effort to force study of water transfers wins

A federal lawsuit filed June 10 against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation charging inadequate environmental review of its north-to-south water transfers has “achieved a major goal,” according to AquAlliance, a Chico-based water protection group that partnered with the California Sportsfishing Protection Alliance in filing the suit.

While the agencies’ effort to gain an injunction to halt the yearly transfers failed, the bureau did declare in court that temporary transfers of water from both the North State and the Bay Delta will be included in a plan that discloses how the communities, economy and the environment may be affected.

Considering this concession a victory, AquAlliance said it will drop the lawsuit.