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Fed. Judge Dismisses Republican River Water Pump Lawsuit

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A federal judge in Nebraska has dismissed a lawsuit that challenged a state-approved plan to pump groundwater into surface-water streams that feed into the Republican River.

A judge ruled Tuesday that the federal government was immune from the lawsuit. The judge also declared the case a state matter in which he shouldn't intervene.

The plan was designed to help Nebraska meet its obligations to Kansas under the Republican River Compact, a water-sharing agreement.

The lawsuit was filed by two local irrigation districts and three farmers in southern Nebraska.

They argued that a pipeline project to pump the water will deny them access to their rightful share.

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