No. 97-16432.

158 F.3d 428 (1998)

MARICOPA-STANFIELD IRRIGATION AND DRAINAGE DISTRICT, a Municipal Corporation of the State of Arizona; Central Arizona Irrigation and Drainage District, a Municipal Corporation of the State of Arizona; and New Magma Irrigation & Drainage District, a Municipal Corporation of the State of Arizona, Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. UNITED STATES of America, Defendant-Appellant.

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Decided July 7, 1998.

Opinion Withdrawn October 14, 1998.

Decided October 14, 1998.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Richard G. Patrick, Assistant United States Attorney, Phoenix, Arizona, for defendant-appellant.

Robert S. Porter, Ellis, Baker & Porter, Phoenix, Arizona, for plaintiffs-appellees.

John B. Weldon, Jr., Phoenix, Arizona, for amici curiae Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District, and Salt River Valley Water Users' Association.

Before: GOODWIN, PREGERSON, and FERGUSON, Circuit Judges.


The Opinion filed July 7, 1998 [147 F.3d 1168] is withdrawn.


PREGERSON, Circuit Judge:


The Colorado River and its tributaries are the major sources of water in the arid Southwest. Careful in the years of drought, the United States has established reclamation projects to channel water where it is needed most and to head off disputes among water users. But in its efforts to settle some water rights disputes...

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