Frenchman Cambridge Irrigation District water users file second lawsuit over lost water

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CAMBRIDGE, Nebraska — Frenchman Cambridge Irrigation District water users have filed a second lawsuit seeking damages for lost irrigation water.

A news release from the district says the lawsuit seeking "just compensation" for damages during the 2014 irrigation season was filed Friday in the Furnas County District Court.

The Omaha World-Herald reports ( ) that on Sept. 29, District Judge James E. Doyle IV rejected the state's motion to dismiss a similar class-action lawsuit on behalf of Frenchman Cambridge users who did not receive their full water allocation in 2013.

Doyle dismissed the 2013 lawsuit's claim that the state failed to regulate groundwater use that has depleted stream flows and surface water supplies.

But he decided the compensation issue should return to the Furnas County District Court for a decision.

Information from: Omaha World-Herald,

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