The Imperial Irrigation District in California has sued to halt the plan, arguing that it wrongly ignores the Salton Sea.
The state’s cities need water. Its farmers have it. Maybe leasing rights to it could solve the crisis responsibly.
It's part of a much bigger water crisis in the West.
“Use it or lose it” clauses give farmers, ranchers, and governments holding water rights a powerful incentive to use more water than they need.
Conservationists find themselves at the back of line in divvying up water from one of the world's most litigated rivers.