Farm Bureau calls for Caldwell to drop eminent domain action

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by KTVB.COM

KTVB.COM

Posted on January 13, 2013 at 8:51 PM

CALDWELL -- The Canyon County Farm Bureau has voted unanimously to call on the City of Caldwell to drop its eminent domain lawsuit against Pioneer Irrigation District, officials with the group announced Saturday.

The Canyon County Farm Bureau’s 11-member Board of Directors took a unanimous vote for the action at a recent meeting.

Farm Bureau officials point out that agriculture has been the cornerstone of Canyon County’s economy and its social fabric for nearly 150 years and that water is the key to that process.

“The Board’s message is clear and unequivalent: if it isn’t broken, then let’s not try to fix it until it is,” said Roger Batt, CCFB Executive Director.

Batt said Farm Bureau members fully understand the intricacies of water right laws and water delivery operations and this practical experience helped the group decide to formally oppose Caldwell’s eminent domain condemnation action.

Meanwhile, Caldwell argues winning the case will save money for thousands of Pioneer customers -- and put an end to Pioneer's original 2008 lawsuit because the city would assume control of drains that cover about 10,500 acres.

The lawsuit has cost both sides millions.

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