- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A decades-old dispute over water rights between Southern California Indian tribes and the government is nearing an end.

Five San Diego County tribes filed a lawsuit 45 years ago against two California agencies and the U.S. government for diverting 90 percent of the water from the San Luis Rey River.

The U-T San Diego (https://bit.ly/1BR0cpK ) reported Monday that a settlement was signed, although Congress must approve it.

The dispute began more than a century ago when rights to the water were awarded to what is now known as the Vista Irrigation District and the city of Escondido.

The tribes say they were left mostly dry.

The deal calls for roughly the amount of water being diverted from the river to be dedicated each year for use by the tribes.

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Information from: U-T San Diego, https://www.utsandiego.com


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