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Newport News, VA: (Apr-11-07) The Mattaponi Indian Tribe and Newport News reached a settlement in a nearly 10-year-old lawsuit about the city's controversial proposed King William Reservoir. Though Newport News Waterworks has worked for more than a decade on making the reservoir a reality, environmental groups opposed the project, arguing that it was oversized and would harm wetlands. The tribe also thought that the reservoir would adversely affect the Mattaponi River and the tribe's fishing, gathering, cultural and religious practices, and filed suit to challenge the Virginia State Water Control Board's permit for the project in 1998. The tribe is a party to the Treaty of Middle Plantation of 1677, a treaty protecting certain water rights between some American Indian tribes and the king of England. As part of the settlement, the city agreed to pay the tribe $650,000 as compensation. [DAILY PRESS: WATER RESERVOIR]

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Published on Apr-16-07


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