Wednesday, May 21, 2014
The latest decision in the epic battle over the Colorado River came down this week in the Ninth Circuit's ruling on California ex rel. Imperial County Air Pollution Control Dist. v. U.S. Dept. of Int., 12-55856, 2014 WL 2038234 (9th Cir. 2014). From the opinion:
The Salton Sea—the largest inland body of water in California—is a creature of accident. In 1905, water from the Colorado River breached an irrigation canal and flooded the then-dry Salton Basin. After the initial flood, irrigation runoff from the Imperial and Coachella Valleys—supplied by the Colorado River—sustained the Sea for more than a century. The Sea has become a unique attraction for water-based recreation in the harsh southern California desert.
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