Opponents of golf course go to court

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COLFAX, Wash. (AP) -- Conservationists are asking a Whitman County judge to overturn a state board's decision that allows Washington State University to water its golf course.

Opponents of the course contend WSU is mining the declining aquifer that provides water to the region for something that is an amenity, not a need.

But Washington State University officials contend in court documents that their use of water is lawful, and called the effort of opponents "misguided."

Washington State was granted a change from the state that allowed it to transfer water from six of its existing rights to irrigate the golf course in Pullman.