Monthly Archives: May 2010

Federal District Court Issues Findings and Conclusions in Delta Smelt Case

On May 27, 2010, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California issued findings of fact and conclusions of law (PDF) regarding Plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction in The Consolidated Delta Smelt Cases, No. 09-407 (E.D. Cal. May 27, 2010).  The matter consists of five consolidated actions that all challenge the December 2008 biological … Continue Reading

Prestigious Scientist Forced off National Research Council Bay-Delta Committee

Mike Taugher of the Contra Costa Times reports that Dr. Pat Glibert of the University of Maryland was forced to resign from the National Research Council’s Committee on Sustainable Water and Environmental Management in the California Bay-Delta.  The National Research Council convened the committee at the request of members of the California congressional delegation, including … Continue Reading

Article Released on National Research Council Bay-Delta Report

This week, the Endangered Species Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section on Environment, Energy and Resources published its most recent edition of the Endangered Species Committee Newsletter.  The Newsletter is edited by Paul Weiland and includes an article by him regarding an interim report of the National Research Council’s Committee on Sustainable Water and Environmental … Continue Reading

Environmental Protection Agency Stipulates to Endangered Species Act Compliance for 75 Pesticides

On May 17, 2010, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California approved a stipulated injunction and order submitted by the Center for Biological Diversity ("CBD") and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") establishing, among other things, an immediate prohibition on the use of certain pesticides in and around the greater San Francisco Bay area, … Continue Reading

Federal District Court Issues Key Findings and Conclusions in Bay-Delta Salmon Case

On May 18, 2010, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California issued findings of fact and conclusions of law (PDF) regarding Plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction in The Consolidated Salmonid Cases, No. 09-1053 (E.D. Cal. May 18, 2010).  The matter consists of seven consolidated actions that all challenge the June … Continue Reading

EPA Ordered to Consult with NMFS Regarding Water Quality Exemptions for Salmon Farms

On April 28, 2010, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington granted a motion for summary judgment filed by Wild Fish Conservancy, holding that EPA and NMFS failed to use the best scientific and commercial data available in their informal consultation regarding EPA’s approval of water-quality standards that exempted salmon farms from various state … Continue Reading

Hearing Date for California Tiger Salamander Listing Decision Changed to May 20, 2010

The Fish and Game Commission announced a change in its hearing date and location regarding listing the California tiger salamander as threatened under California’s Endangered Species Act.  The hearing will now be a teleconference meeting held on Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. at the Commission Conference Room in Sacramento.  Locations where the public may participate are provided … Continue Reading

Fish and Wildlife Service to Review Hermes Copper Butterfly for Possible Protection

The Fish and Wildlife Service announced (PDF) that it is initiating a 12-month status review of a petition to list the Hermes copper butterfly (Hermelycaena [Lycaena] hermes) as a threatened or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act and to designate critical habitat.  Hermes copper butterflies are known to range from Fallbrook, California, in northern San … Continue Reading
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