Briefly: Nevada town sues to maintain right to leaking federal canal water

According to KTVU, the town of Fernley, Nevada, is trying to block the U.S. government from renovating the 115-year-old Truckee Canal. Some residents rely on the leaking water from the irrigation canal to fill their own domestic wells. The town’s lawyers have filed a lawsuit claiming that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has failed to consider the expected harm to Fernley’s municipal water supply and private well users. The agency claims that lining the canal is necessary to prevent a costly disaster like the canal break they experienced in 2008. Lining the canal is estimated to cost approximately $148 million.

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