Water Rights Idaho

Cows graze in a field near snow covered Lizard Butte just outside Marsing in this January 2008 photo.

BOISE — U.S. officials are seeking to invalidate Idaho laws passed in the last five years that create a path through the Idaho Department of Water Resources for ranchers to take control of federal public land instream water rights with a state-approved forfeiture procedure.

The Idaho Legislature is seeking to intervene in the case with statewide ramifications for millions of acres of land in Idaho administered by the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.

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