Developers of the Coyote Springs housing project north of Las Vegas are suing Nevada’s Division of Water Resources after it again limited the amount of water that could be used at the project.
Coyote Springs Investment says in the suit that decisions by state officials are an “unconstitutional taking” of the water rights it owns and plans to use, according to the Nevada Independent.
A ruling issued in June limited groundwater pumping in an area of about 50,000 square miles.
The state said exceeding the limit could dry up springs that serve as habitat for the endangered Moapa dace and the headwaters of the Muddy River, which flows into Lake Mead.
The state says rights have been granted to more water than is available.