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.
The California Water Resources Control Board heard emotional testimony for at least 12 hours yesterday from people worried about how the state should manage its dwindling supply of water during the drought.
A Republican- backed drought relief bill for California is headed to the floor of the US House of Representatives for a vote Tuesday. The legislation ignited an hour of debate Monday.
On Monday the US Bureau of Reclamation plans to close the Delta Cross Channel Gates to protect migrating salmon.
Water hyacinth has proved to be a major problem in the Delta this year, but a special task force hopes to keep the weed at bay in the spring.
With time running out for Gov. Jerry Brown and California lawmakers to negotiate a replacement to the $11 billion water bond on the November ballot, two contentious issues have emerged as sticking points.