2002 Empire Lodge vs Moyer Supreme Court Ruling.

This appeal is from a judgment of the District Court for Water Division No. 2 (Water Court) in favor of the operators of a decreed irrigation water right, Anne and Russell Moyer (Moyers), against an out-of-priority diverter, Empire Lodge Homeowners’ Association (Empire Lodge), which has been filling two ponds for fishing and recreation at a subdivision.[1] The Moyers placed frequent calls to curtail Empire Lodge’s pond-filling diversions. Citing the State Engineer’s approval of its out-of-priority diversions, Empire Lodge filed suit in water court, alleging enlargement of the Moyers’ use and invoking the futile call doctrine. The Moyers counterclaimed to enjoin Empire Lodge’s out-of-priority diversions to its ponds, alleging that Empire Lodge’s failure to obtain an augmentation plan decree authorizing the out-of-priority diversions rendered the diversions illegal.

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