CSPA, Friends of the River, North Coast River Alliance, Save the American River and the Winnemen Wintu Tribes have filed a lawsuit against Westlands Water District (and its two water distribution districts) and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, as a Real Party in Interest, over the renewal of six interim Central Valley Project (CVP) water service contracts. The action, filed 25 August 2011, concerns six contracts providing up to over one million acre feet of water annually from the Delta.
CVP water exports are a principle reason for the decline of Delta fisheries.
Westlands, et al., claims the contracts are exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act. The coalition disagrees and is asking to have the contracts declared unlawful.