A federal appeals court says environmental reviews were properly done on the nation's largest farm-to-city water transfer, the latest ruling to uphold a 2003 agreement on how California agencies divide that state's share of Colorado River water.
A three- judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that federal authorities properly considered how the transfer from Imperial County to San Diego would affect the Salton Sea, California's largest lake. The shrinking lake relies on water runoff from Imperial Valley farms.
The ruling upholds a decision by U.S. District Judge Anthony Battaglia in San Diego. Imperial County and the Imperial County Air Pollution Control sued in 2009, alleging violations of the National Environmental Policy Act.