Press Release - Desert Water Agency
Court says water agencies haven’t harmed the Tribe
A federal court announced on Friday, April 19 that the Agua Caliente Tribe was not harmed because it has always had access to as much high-quality water as it needs. The judge ruled that the Tribe does not have standing, the right to pursue a lawsuit against the local public water agencies, Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) and Desert Water Agency (DWA). The only claim remaining in the Tribe’s lawsuit is the “narrow issue” of whether the Tribe has an ownership interest in storage space for groundwater under its reservation, the court wrote.
Desert Water Agency is hosting a free community event from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, outside our main office, 1200 S. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs.
The 2nd annual event features fun activities for the entire family and encourages the community to visit its pollinator garden and wall art. In addition to people, the garden aims to attract: Monarch butterflies, Queen butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats and other pollinators.
Avoid tragedy by finding safe alternatives and avoiding ‘No Trespassing’ areas along river
Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) and Desert Water Agency (DWA) are reminding residents and visitors to avoid the Whitewater River channel near Windy Point on either side of Interstate 10.
As temperatures begin to climb, the water in the Whitewater River area may be tempting, but it poses an extreme danger.
The United States Supreme Court announced today it will not review a court decision in a lawsuit that the Agua Caliente Tribe filed against Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) and Desert Water Agency (DWA) in 2013 seeking unprecedented rights to groundwater, superseding all other water users . The decision from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, granting superior rights to groundwater to the Tribe will remain in effect.
Together, Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) and Desert Water Agency (DWA) have replenished more than 330,000 acre - feet of imported water into the Coachella Valley groundwater basin so far this year. That is more imported water than has ever been replenished within a year and is more than will be used this year by all groundwater pumpers, marking a significant milestone in increasing groundwater levels in local aquifers.