May 23, 2018 / 12:43 PM / 3 months ago

9th Circuit nixes farmers’ win in Nevada water-rights fight

A federal appeals court has reversed two lower court rulings in a dispute over water rights in Nevada’s Walker River Basin and ordered that the cases be reassigned to a different judge on remand.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday directed the federal court in Nevada to approve plans submitted in 2011 by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, to use more of the Walker River water rights it had acquired for environmental restoration and less for agriculture.

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