Judge orders halt to Bend water supply project

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Associated Press

Posted on October 17, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 18 at 5:01 AM

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has issued an injunction halting a $20 million water supply project at Bend.

U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken said in an order Tuesday the U.S. Forest Service failed to take what she called "a hard look" at the potential impact of the project on water temperature and fish.

Part of the project goes through federal land. It would replace two aging pipes with one pipe that could carry more water.

The Bend Bulletin reports (http://bit.ly/T0o3Yl) Aiken was particularly concerned that a contractor used an inaccurate statistical model to predict the impact of the project on stream temperatures.

The nonprofit Central Oregon LandWatch has challenged the project, which was to start this fall. The group and the city are also in settlement negotiations.

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Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com

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