Press-Tribune: Caldwell Prepared to Use Eminent Domain to Take Over Large Portion of Pioneer Irrigation District


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Officials in Caldwell say they're prepared to use eminent domain to take over some of the Pioneer Irrigation District's waterways.

This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that the City of Caldwell is suing the Pioneer district "to save thousands of Pioneer customers money" because "the city would take charge of the disputed drains that cover 10,500 acres."

Caldwell Mayor Garett Nancolas told the Press-Tribune that his office has received phone calls that "have been 20-1 in favor" of the city's lawsuit, which the mayor called the city's "last resort."

The dispute between Caldwell and the Pioneer district over irrigation drainage rights dates back to 2008. The Press-Tribune reports that each side has "spent more than $2 million in legal fees" to date.