Farmers in the Klamath Basin of far northern California and southern Oregon have filed a $1 billion takings lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation over the government's decision to greatly reduce water delivery to farms in the area (see CP&DR Environment Watch, October 2001). Farmers filed the suit in U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C., only days after dropping a lawsuit that argued the Bureau of Reclamation should have completed an environmental study before shutting off water delivery. The new lawsuit claims that the federal government took farmers' water rights without just compensation. Federal officials greatly reduced water deliveries to protect the health of endangered fish in Upper Klamath Lake and the Klamath River.