The decision by the state's 3rd District Court of Appeal threatened to delay Gov. Jerry Brown's project, saying that such an intrusion on private property without permission violates the California Constitution. The multi-billion-dollar proposal would send fresh water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to Central and Southern California.
Nancy Vogel of the state's Department of Water Resources said Friday that officials anticipated such obstacles and won't be delayed.
Some 150 property owners sued the state. The Sacramento Bee reports that state officials will likely ask the California Supreme Court to review the ruling.
California has a 100-year-old system for managing who gets to take water from rivers and streams. That system got tested this summer.
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed an amendment to a proposed water bill to fight against water hyacinth.
The drought in California is causing saltwater to intrude deep into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Water managers are constructing a rock barrier to prevent salt from affecting drinking water for millions of Californians.
(AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has defended newly unveiled plans that call for scaling back the amount of habitat restoration done while twin tunnels are built around California's freshwater delta.
A small endangered fish that plays a pivotal role in California’s water wars may well be on its way out. Populations of the Delta smelt have plummeted to their lowest levels ever.