Casitas Scores Victory In Appeals Court

By Daryl Kelley
After a series of setbacks in a costly 2005 lawsuit, the Casitas Municipal Water District scored a legal victory potentially worth tens of millions of dollars last week when an appeals court panel agreed that the federal government had seized district property by forcing it to provide water for a fish ladder built for the endangered steelhead trout.
In a split decision, the three-justice panel also ruled that Casitas was not entitled to reimbursement for $9 million the U.S. Bureau of

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