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Lawsuit filed over extra groundwater pumping

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - "AquAlliance", a local water watchdog non-profit, has filed suit against the federal government over plans to allow Sacramento River water districts to pump extra groundwater during extreme drought conditions.

The California Sportfishing Protection Alliance and the California Water Impact Network are also plaintiffs in the suit, filed in federal District Court against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

The suit charges that districts with senior water rights are already taxing local groundwater basins because they don't want to accept 25% cuts in contracted deliveries. And, that those same districts still have enough river water to sell to south-of-Delta interests.

The lawsuit asks the court to declare the Bureau's Environmental Assessment of the Extra Groundwater Pumping Plans invalid and issue a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction to stop the project.

It claims the extra pumping will harm local domestic and agricultural users, the Sacramento River, streams and ecosystems.

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