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July 31, 2013
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9th Circuit Court rejects using water for waterfowl

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected Nevada Wildlife Department and Nevada Waterfowl Association plan to use Newlands Project water to support waterfowl in that area. State officials argued since the transferred water would be used to grow plants consumed by the waterfowl, the plan constituted irrigation under the Alpine Decree. The state engineer agreed and approved the transfer of 3.5 acre feet of water within the Newlands Project to the Carson Lake and Pasture, a wildlife refuge within the Lahontan Valley wetlands. But the Pyramid Paiute Tribe and U.S. government opposed the plan arguing that Newlands water can …

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