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Central Valley Project (CVP)

San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority v. Jewell

The Ninth Circuit, in a 170+ page opinion, reversed in part and affirmed in part a lower court decision invalidating the FWS' 2008 biological opinion (BiOp) that concluded that the Central Valley Project (CVP) would jeopardize the...

Firebaugh Canal Water District v. United States

The Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court's grant of summary judgment in favor of DOI in water districts' lawsuit challenging the agency's management of California's Central Valley Project. The water districts argued that DOI should be...

Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Ass'ns v. United States Department of the Interior

A district court held that commercial fishing groups may go forward with their NEPA lawsuit against the Bureau of Reclamation in a case involving the Bureau's approval of eight water delivery contracts in California's Central Valley....

San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority v. United States

The Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court decision granting summary judgment in favor of the U.S. government on claims challenging the DOI's accounting of approximately 9,000 acre feet of water released between June 17 and 24, 2004,...

Stockton E. Water Dist. v. United States

The Federal Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part a lower court decision in favor of the U.S. government on claims that it breached certain contracts between the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and California water districts...

Fiorentino v. Fresno, City of

A California appellate court upheld the dismissal of a petition challenging a city's decision to adopt a resolution renewing a Central Valley Project water contract with the Bureau of Reclamation. The contract, originally made in 1961,...

Central Delta Water Agency v. Bureau of Reclamation

The court upholds the dismissal of local water agencies' claims that the Bureau of Reclamation (Bureau) was operating the Central Valley Project (CVP) in a manner that would at some point in the future violate the Vernalis salinity...

Natural Resources Defense Council v. Norton

The court grants a local water authority's motion to intervene in a case brought by environmental groups challenging the validity of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's biological opinion concerning the coordinated operation of the...

Firebaugh Canal Co. v. United States

The court affirms a district court decision requiring the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) to provide water drainage services for agricultural areas receiving water through the Central Valley Project in California. The court first...

Natural Resources Defense Council v. Houston

The court holds that the Bureau of Reclamation violated the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by renewing water supply contracts with several water districts in California before consulting with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and...