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Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Water Settlement Agreement


Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians


Soboba Water Rights Settlement


Soboba Indian Reservation




California Region

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California Region


Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians v. Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, No. 00–04208 GAF

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Settlement agreement



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Settlement Agreement: Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Settlement Agreement of June 7, 2006, (final signatures Oct. 18, 2008) Parties: Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians, US, Eastern Municipal Water District, Lake Hemet Municipal Water District and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. The Tribe is entitled to 9K acre-feet annually (afy) as a prior and paramount right. The districts agree to supply the Tribe water to the extent that it is not able to produce that amount. However, the Tribe agrees to limit its exercise of the right to 4,100 afy for 50 years. The Tribe may use water made available to it under the Settlement Agreement for any use it deems advisable on the Reservation and to enter into contracts and other agreements to exchange water. The San Jacinto Basin Restoration Fund is established with $10M to pay costs associated with the construction, operation, and maintenance of the basin recharge project for accommodating supplemental imported water deliveries, and the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Water Development Fund is established with $11M for construction of water-related development projects. The groundwater producers in the Basin will develop and implement a water management plan to address the current groundwater overdraft, habitat restoration and sustainable water management. The US consents to jurisdiction of the court in the case of Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians v. Metropolitan Water District of Southern CA, No. 001-04208 (USDC, CDC) for the purposes of entry of a judgment and decree. The funding from the settlement will be used to stabilize water supplies in the region and spur economic development for the Band and neighboring communities. The settlement also includes land transfers to the Tribe and resolves issues between the districts. [Source:]


Settlement Agreement: 107 pages.

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