Judge won’t validate water deal for California farm supplier

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In this June 25, 2013, photo, workers move irrigation pipes from a field in the Westlands Water District near Five Points. A California judge has declined to validate a permanent water contract between the federal government and the Westlands Water District, the nation’s largest agricultural water supplier. AP photo/Gosia Wozniacka photo
Kathleen Ronayne The Associated Press A California judge has declined to validate a contract granting permanent access to federally controlled water for the nation’s largest agricultural water supplier, a move that means the U.S. government is not bound by terms of the deal. Environmentalists had blasted the contract between the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the Westlands Water District as a sweetheart arrangement designed to benefit corporate agricultural interests over environmental needs and taxpayers. It was crafted during the Donald Trump administration under former Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, a former lobbyist for Westlands, a public entity based in Fresno that supplies water to private farmers. “This was an effort to basically steal public resources and pu
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