address water conservation.
July 8, 2016
Westlands to change the existing "Environmental Regulations" that were set after they lost in court over the salts and selenium drained out into the wetlands. It accumulated in plants and animal tissues, causing significant environmental impacts to the area.
In 1991, Westlands and the Bureau were sued for failing to provide adequate drainage for the farmer's waste water. the Bureau was ordered to provide drainage.
After court appeals and settlements, the Bureau adopted the Grassland Area Farmer's management plan of treating the water and conservation measure and to be sure it didn't violate the "Clean Water Act." Of course this plan would require more acreage than the original plan.
Congress stepped in and amended the agreement to take the financial burden off of the federal agency. Westland's was supposed to provide their own drainage outlet.
Remember Westlands was supposed to help pay for the construction with their water payments, but they haven't. Some of the richest corporations in the state reap the benefit of water subsidies that were set up for small farmers with 160 acres or less. And the taxpayers are still stuck with the bill for building the San Luis Unit that supplies water only to water company, Westlands.
Now they are planning to sue the Bureau. (See Documents )