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Courts urged to scrap huge California water pact

Courts urged to scrap huge California water pact amid questions about shrinking lake By The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) ' A Sacramento appeals court judge is voicing strong support for a landmark agreement on how Southern California gets its water.

Justice Ronald Robie defended the 2003 pact during nearly two hours of arguments Monday. He repeatedly interrupted an attorney who argues that the pact is flawed.

Two other judges on the panel were silent as Robie spoke.



The agreement created the nation's largest farm-to-city water transfer and set new rules among Southern California's warring water agencies on how to divide the state's share of the Colorado River.

Monday's hearing sets the stage for a ruling that may have consequences for six other Western states and Mexico, which also rely on the Colorado River. The judges are expected to rule within three months.


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