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Court ruling backs Klamath irrigators in ‘takings’ case

Issue Date: June 8, 2011
By Christine Souza

A federal appeals court decision encourages Klamath Basin irrigators who were left without water in 2001, and may also be good news for irrigators everywhere when it comes to the government "taking" of water under the auspices of the Endangered Species Act. The appeals court ordered a lower court to determine if the government should compensate farmers for water taken to benefit protected fish.

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