Monthly Archives: March 2012

Judge Reduces But Allows Removal of California Sea Lions at Bonneville Dam

A  judge in the District of Washington D.C. recently denied a request by the Humane Society of the United States to halt the killing of sea lions that prey on endangered spring run salmon and steelhead on the Columbia River.  On March 15, 2012, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) reauthorized the removal of California sea lions … Continue Reading

District Court Poised to Decide Whether to Enjoin Sale of Flood Insurance in Puget Sound

On Tuesday, March 27, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington will hear argument in a suit filed by National Wildlife Federation against the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for failure to fully implement the reasonable and prudent alternative (RPA) that accompanied the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) biological opinion regarding … Continue Reading

Suit Filed in Effort to Force Service to Act on Petition to Delist Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle

The Pacific Legal Foundation has filed a lawsuit (pdf) in order to force the Fish and Wildlife Service to make a determination whether to delist the valley elderberry longhorn beetle (Desmocerus californicus dimorphus), a species with a distribution from southern Shasta County to Fresno County in California’s Central Valley.  The lawsuit was reported by a … Continue Reading

New Partnership Announced for Conserving Habitat on Private Lands

On March 8, 2012, the Departments of Agriculture and the Interior announced a new program for conserving wildlife habitat on private lands.  Under the new program, Federal, state, and local wildlife experts will jointly identify at-risk species that would benefit from habitat restoration on private lands and, using the best available science, prioritize restoration actions on a … Continue Reading

FEMA Settles Citizen Suit; Agrees to Consult on Floodplain Program’s Impacts on Listed Fish in the Delta

On March 8, 2012, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California entered judgment in Coalition for a Sustainable Delta and Kern County Water Agency v. Federal Emergency Management Agency, et al., No 1:09-cv-02024 (E.D. Cal.) based on a settlement agreement in which FEMA agreed to request consultation with the National Marine Fisheries … Continue Reading

10,000 Pages of Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan Planning Documents Released for Public Review and Comment

On February 29, 2012, the California Natural Resources Agency released approximately 10,000 pages of "preliminary" draft planning documents relating to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) for public review and comment.  The documents fall into two categories: Draft BDCP documents, and Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) documents (see the list below for details). The … Continue Reading