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U.S. House committee approves San Joaquin River settlement

WASHINGTON (AP) ” A key U.S. House committee has approved legislation to implement a controversial water settlement restoring salmon to the San Joaquin River.

The 25-15 vote by the House Natural Resources Committee came over objections by minority Republicans that some farmers in the Central Valley wouldn’t get enough water.

The $170 million bill still must pass the full House and Senate, and disputes have arisen about how to pay for it.



The legislation is required to implement a federal court settlement that would return water to a dry 60-mile stretch of the San Joaquin River by 2009.

The original lawsuit was filed in 1988 by the Natural Resources Defense Council.


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