October 24, 2014
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A California judge has upheld the nation's largest farm-to-city water transfer.
Sacramento Superior Court Judge Lloyd Connelly ruled Tuesday that authorities properly weighed the environmental impact of a landmark 2003 accord on how to divide the state's share of Colorado River water. The centerpiece calls for California's Imperial Valley to transfer water to San Diego.
An appeals court backed the accord in 2011, reversing a lower court that found the state violated its constitution by essentially writing a blank check to restore the shrinking Salton Sea in the Imperial Valley. But the appeals court sent the case back to Connelly to consider the narrower question of whether the agreement underwent proper environmental reviews.
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