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Injunction Granted Over Water Governance

A judge in North Dakota has granted a request from Nevada and other states to block an expansion of federal power over state and local water.

Federal District Court Judge Ralph Erickson ordered a preliminary injunction on Thursday that temporarily delays a new federal rule redefining "waters of the United States." The Environmental Protection Agency said the redefinition is aimed at safeguarding drinking water.

Nevada joined 12 other states in a challenge, asserting that Congress only intended federal authorities to have power over navigable waters. They fear the redefinition could give federal officials control of small ponds, streams and irrigation ditches.

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Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt called the measure federal overreach and said it would burden landowners, farmers and developers.

The injunction delays implementation while a court battle plays out.