Idaho ranchers want to intervene in water rights lawsuit

Ranchers are fighting for water rights and it involves the Snake River Basin.

There is a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice challenging recently passed state water rights laws. The legislation creates a way for ranchers to take control of federal public land instream water rights through a state-approved forfeiture procedure. The Justice Department says that it violates both the state and U.S. Constitution.

So, the Idaho Farm Bureau along with several individual farmers requested to intervene to maintain purported stock water rights. This could have a major impact on millions of acres of land in Idaho.


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