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North-South Water Transfer Lawsuit Filed

A local non-profit is suing the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and a Southern California water district, over a long term water transfer program.

Posted: May 21, 2020 6:35 PM

CHICO, CALIF. - A local non-profit is suing the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and a Southern California water district, over a long term water transfer program.

AquAlliance works to protect the Sacramento River watershed.

It is the main plaintiff in a lawsuit that charges the proposed transfer would send too much water out of Northern California and would cause severe impacts on area communities, farms, and the environment.

The lawsuit says that the Environmental Impact Study and Environmental Impact Report submitted to support the transfer fall far short of what is required by the federal and state government, when it comes to identifying and addressing those impacts.

AquAlliance Executive Director Barbara Vlamis told Action News Now, "We're asking the court, as it did before in 2018, to throw out the environmental impact report and tell the agencies if you're determined to keep trying to drain the Sacramento Valley region you're going to have to do some serious science and prove that you aren't harming the region. And they can't do that."

Action News Now reached out to the San Luis Delta-Mendota Water Authority, named in the suit, for comment ... but have not heard back.

Right now there is no date for when the lawsuit will be heard in court.

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