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U.S. Challenge to California Water Rules Belongs in State Court

Dec. 3, 2019, 8:32 PM

Most of the Trump administration’s lawsuit challenging California water management rules affecting the San Francisco Bay Area has been paused indefinitely so a state court can consider parallel claims the government filed there.

Both suits target changes the State Water Resources Control Board made late last year to the “water quality control plan” covering the Bay Area and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary. The amendments were aimed at maintaining salinity levels well suited to agriculture and increasing flows in three salmon-bearing rivers during critical spawning months.

Those changes will affect the way the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation manages the New...

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