CMWD Board Refuses to Drop Lawsuit

By Daryl Kelley
With swing vote Pete Kaiser swayed by the low cost of an appeal, directors of the Casitas Municipal Water District decided Thursday evening to pursue a costly two-year lawsuit to gain compensation for water the federal government ordered used for migration of the endangered steelhead trout.
Following a lengthy public hearing in which most speakers urged directors to drop the suit — recently weakened by a judge's decision — most Casitas directors voted instead to spend another $45,000 to appeal, setting the stage for a trial if they win. The case has cost the district about $500,000 so far.

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