Federal Judge Rules Corps Not Moving Fast Enough To Halt Continued Decline Of ESA-Listed Upper Willamette River Wild Spring Chinook/Steelhead; “Significant Measures Never Carried Out’

August 19th, 2020

A U.S. District Court ruling this week charged a federal agency with not moving fast enough to ensure survival and recovery of Upper Willamette River wild spring chinook and wild winter steelhead, two species listed as threatened in 1999 under the federal Endangered Species Act.

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Conservation Groups File Lawsuit Challenging Flathead Forest Plan, Say Drops Protections For Bull Trout, Grizzlies, Lynx, Wolverines

August 13th, 2020

Four conservation groups filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Missoula last week to require the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore what they say are proven safeguards for the protection and recovery of imperiled grizzly bears, Canada lynx, wolverine, and Columbia Basin bull trout on the Flathead National Forest in northwest Montana.

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NMFS BiOp Says Lethally Removing Beavers In Oregon Does Not Jeopardize ESA-Listed Salmon/Steelhead; ODFW Commission Mulls Beaver Work Group

June 25th, 2020

A biological opinion of a US Department of Agriculture Wildlife Service’s management program to lethally remove beavers in Oregon and the program’s impacts on fish species listed under the federal Endangered Species Act was completed June 8 by the National Marine Fisheries Service.

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EPA Loses Again In Ninth Circuit, Must Move Forward On Setting Temperature Limits For Columbia/Snake River, Or Appeal To Supreme Court

April 2nd, 2020

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refused the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s challenge that asked the court to rethink and rehear its decision that calls on the agency to move ahead in setting temperature limits for the Columbia and Snake rivers to protect salmon and steelhead.

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Conservation Groups File Lawsuit To Halt Corps’ Willamette Basin Water Allocation Study, Says Could Harm Chinook, Steelhead

March 12th, 2020

Conservation groups filed suit in federal court Thursday to stop a process by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to allocate the water in its Willamette River basin reservoirs among irrigators, cities and fish, saying such an order is necessary to protect imperiled spring chinook salmon and winter steelhead.

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