Attorney David Domina has filed a new lawsuit on behalf of a group of farmers
who get their water from the Frenchman Cambridge Irrigation District.
Last Friday, Dave Domina filed a lawsuit on behalf of surface irrigators
against the state of Nebraska and the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources.
The lawsuit is the second of its kind, and seeks compensation for the
water that the state withheld from them.
The lawsuit does not deny the state’s right to take that water, but
rather seeks financial compensation for the withheld water.
The water in question was withheld from farmers back in 2013. The state
agency closed surface water storage along the Republican River and surrounding
tributaries when farmers needed that water the most, a fact the state
does not deny. The state made that move in order to remain in compliance
with the Republican River Compact of 1943.
The state attempted to get the case dismissed, but that motion was denied
by the Furnas County District Court. If you would like more information
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