"Judge OKs Huge Water Deal Between Farmers, San Diego County Cities"

"A California judge Tuesday upheld the sale of water from the farmers of the Imperial Valley to the thirsty cities in San Diego County -- the largest farms-to-cities water deal in the nation."

"Sacramento Superior Court Judge Lloyd Connelly disagreed with litigants who said the deal between the Imperial Irrigation District and the San Diego County Water Authority violated the state's environmental rules, particularly involving the Salton Sea.

San Diego County Water Authority General Manager Maureen Stapleton called the ruling a "landmark victory in San Diego's historic quest for a more reliable water supply."

San Diego County, blessed by nature with mild weather and a gorgeous landscape, is virtually devoid of groundwater. For half a century San Diego officials have hunted for a way to get an "independent" supply of water and decrease the county's dependence on the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California."

Tony Perry reports for the Los Angeles Times June 4, 2013.

Source: LA Times, 06/05/2013