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Water Issues and Drought

Local group files lawsuit against Cambria's emergency water project

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A group hoping to change the course of a water project in the Cambria area is taking their argument to court. LandWatch of San Luis Obispo filed a lawsuit this week against the Cambria Community Services District (CCSD) in the county's Superior Court.

Deborah Sivas is with the Stanford Environmental Law Clinic, a pro-bono student law group that is representing LandWatch. She says the group wants the district to follow the proper environmental review for a project of this scope, and to consider financial aspects as well.

"The concern here is that this project is moving forward on an emergency basis and the District has tried to exempt it from virtually all of the environmental laws," said Sivas. "But, it looks to be a permanent project that could go on for many years."

The District has yet to issue a response regarding the lawsuit.