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Judge voids landmark California water agreement

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (AP) - A California judge has invalidated a landmark pact to curtail the state's overuse of water, but is keeping it active during an appeals period.

Superior Court Judge Ronald Candee ruled Thursday in Sacramento that many of the contracts enacted through the 2003 deal were invalid. He says they entailed an improper agreement by the state to pick up much of the cost of saving southeast California's Salton Sea.

The 75-year pact called for Colorado River water to be shipped from desert farms to San Diego. It was opposed by farmers and landowners who lost water under the agreement.

Candee also issued a stay on his ruling, allowing water shipments to continue for a 30-day period after he formally enters his judgment during which affected water districts can appeal the ruling.

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