North State group files lawsuit against 10-year-water transfer plan

May 12, 2015 3:25 PM by News Staff

Chico based Aqualliance has filed a lawsuit against the federal government over the transfer of water from Northern California to Southern California.

The group filed the suit against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and San Luis and Delta-Mendota Water Authority, charging they failed to adequately disclose information about the impacts or plan for mitigation of major water transfers from the Sacramento Valley through the Delta, to the San Joaquin Valley.

It's part of a ten year water transfer program that Aqualliance says could send up to 600,000 acre feet of water south of the Delta each year, straining the watershed of the North State that is already impacted by the drought.

The water transfers would occur through various methods, including groundwater substitution and cropland idling, and would include individual and multiyear transfers from 2015 through 2024.

The bureau's plans lists 28 potential sellers, including the Anderson-Cottonwood and Glenn-Colusa irrigation districts. There are no potential sellers in Butte County and the plan does not call for any water transfers from the Trinity River Water Shed.

A bureau spokesperson declined the comment on the lawsuit, however, a separate report by the bureau notes that the transfer plan calls for no more than 150,000 acre-feet of water annually instead of the aqua alliance claim of 600,000 acre feet, which is enough water to fill about a fifth of Lake Oroville.

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