Following losses in court, a Fresno-based irrigation district has backed off its plans to do an environmental study on raising the height of Shasta Dam.
The Westlands Water District announced Monday that it has stopped working on the report because it could not meet the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s schedule for the project.
The bureau is trying to get non-federal partners to help pay half the cost of the $1.4 billion project to raise the height of the dam 18½ feet.
However, California courts at three different levels have ruled that Westlands’ participation in the project is illegal. So far, Westlands is the only other agency that has publicly shown an interest in working with the bureau.
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