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Government Says Water Project Opponents Waited Too Long to Sue

AUGUST 11, 2004 - Posted at 12:44 p.m. CDT

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Lawyers defending an irrigation project in Arkansas' Grand Prarie region argued today that environmentalists took too long to oppose it.

The $319 million project is being built by the Corps of Engineers.  Corps lawyers say more than $70 million has been invested in the project in the time it's taken the groups to file a challenge.

The environmentalists said they were trying to convince officials to only build water conservation reservoirs and other parts of the project.  But the environmentalists said they did not want the Corps to build a station at DeValls Bluff to pump water out of the White River.

Plaintiffs' lawyers said the lawsuit was recently filed because federal funds for the pumping station were not approved until this year.  But corps lawyers said the on-farm aspects and the pumping station were all part of the same project.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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