Monthly Archives: November 2010

More News Regarding the Bay Delta Conservation Plan

Following the release of an incomplete draft of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), numerous stakeholders issued statements outlining their perspective on the status of the planning effort.  Statements were issued by a number of public water agencies that have provided most of the funding for the planning effort to date including Westlands Water District (pdf), Kern … Continue Reading

National Research Council Announces Formation of Committee to Review the BDCP

The National Research Council (NRC) announced the formation of an ad hoc panel to review the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP).  The NRC explains that "[t]he panel’s review will be related to but be conducted separately from the on-going, more broadly focused NRC study entitled ‘Sustainable Water and Environmental Management in the California Bay-Delta.’"  Provisional appointments to the … Continue Reading

Fish and Wildlife Service Releases List of Candidate Species for Federal Protection

The Fish and Wildlife Service recently published an updated list of plant and animal species native to the United States that are candidates for listing as threatened or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.  The list, referred to as a Candidate Notice of Review or CNOR, is published periodically by the Service.  A press … Continue Reading

Task Force Recommends Increasing Lethal Take of Sea Lions to Protect Endangered Salmon

In 2008, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration ("NOAA") authorized Washington, Oregon, and Idaho to "lethally remove" individual sea lions that congregate below the Bonneville Dam and continue to eat listed salmon and steelhead after non-lethal deterrence methods prove unsuccessful.  Under the current program, after a sea lion is identified and trapped it is either transported to a new location or euthanized.  Earlier this month, … Continue Reading

Fish and Wildlife Service to Issue Definition of “Endangered Species”

In a decision that could have profound implications for listing decisions under the Endangered Species Act, on November 4, 2010, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia remanded (PDF) the Polar Bear Listing Rule to the Fish & Wildlife Service for "additional explanation for the legal basis of its listing determination" that the … Continue Reading

Fish and Wildlife Lists Three Mussels and Snails Under the Endangered Species Act

On November 2, 2010, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) listed (PDF) the Georgia pigtoe mussel, the interrupted rocksnail and the rough hornsnail as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and designated 160 miles of stream and river channels as critical habitat for the three species in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. The listing … Continue Reading