State lawsuit seeks to protect water rights for wildlife refuge

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An environmental group has gone to court to protect water rights needed to preserve a western Kansas wildlife refuge that provides sanctuary for migratory waterfowl and is recognized as one of a handful of wetlands of "international importance."

Audubon of Kansas is asking a judge to protect the water supply for the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, which is threatened by farmers and ranchers who are pumping upstream from the Rattlesnake Creek basin that feeds the wildlife sanctuary.

The organization initially asked the state Supreme Court to take original jurisdiction in the case and was denied. It was refiled in Shawnee . . .

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