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Snake River Basin Adjudication, Nez Perce Tribe Water Rights
Attorney: Steve Moore

Case Update

NARF has represented the Nez Perce Tribe in Idaho in its water rights claims in the Snake River Basin Adjudication (SRBA) both litigation and settlement phases for over 16 years. In 2004 Congress enacted and the President signed the Snake River Settlement Act. We continue to work with the Tribe, on a very limited basis, to secure final approval of the settlement by the state water court, and on the federal appropriations process. Additionally, we are representing the Tribe in the drafting and negotiations with the United States, the State and private water interests in the Final Unified Decree that will be the capstone document closing the SRBA adjudication. With the Court, and one of the special masters, we have worked through many drafts of the Final Unified Decree with an eye toward resolving all objections to the text. It is now anticipated that the Final Unified Decree will be signed by the judge in 2014.


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