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.
Regional tribes, environmental groups, water quality advocates and fishing organizations filed a lawsuit this week challenging what they say is the Trump administration’s “latest effort to dismantle laws that protect Washington State’s clean water and public health.”
The Supreme Court ruled last week that point source discharges to navigable waters through groundwater are regulated under the federal Clean Water Act.
After its request for a rehearing was rejected by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this month, the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday (April 10) agreed to develop Columbia and Snake river temperature limits, known as Total Maximum Daily Load, by May 18.
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.
Conservation groups sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week for what they say is a failure to protect wolverines as required by the Endangered Species Act.
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.
Both a U.S. District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals have recently ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must set temperature limits for the Columbia and Snake rivers to protect salmon and steelhead, but the agency is returning to the Appeals Court to challenge the latest decision.
A diverse group of river users, utilities and environmentalists is calling on Northwest governors to lead the way to find collaborative solutions to recover Columbia/Snake River Basin salmon and steelhead populations listed under the federal Endangered Species Act.