Monthly Archives: April 2012

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Denies Listing for Bald Eagles in the Sonoran Desert

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) recently announced (pdf) its decision that the Sonoran Desert Area population of bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  The Service’s conclusion is the result of a revised 12-month finding on a petition to list the population as threatened or endangered under the … Continue Reading

Federal District Court Issues Stay in Dispute Regarding Management of Sharp Park Golf Course in Pacifica, California

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order (pdf) denying cross motions for summary judgment in a case brought by plaintiffs suing the City and County of San Francisco over the management of Sharp Park Golf Course, which San Francisco owns but which is located in the City of … Continue Reading

Federal Court Declines to Halt Issuance of Flood Insurance in Puget Sound

The United States District Court for the Western District of Washington issued a decision (pdf) denying a request by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) to enjoin the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from providing flood insurance, either directly or through third-party entities, for any new development in certain jurisdictions in the Puget Sound area until the case is … Continue Reading

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes to Increase Critical Habitat in Riverside County, California

On April 17, 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) published a proposed rule that would revise the critical habitat for two endangered plant species located in Riverside County, California: the Munz’s onion (Allium munzii) and the San Jacinto Valley crownscale (Atriplex coronata var. natatior).  Under the proposed rule, the Service would designate an additional … Continue Reading

Three More Pesticides Found Likely to Jeopardize West Coast Salmon and Steelhead

In a recently issued draft biological opinion (PDF) , the National Marine Fisheries Service (Service) has concluded that EPA’s registration of products containing the herbicides oryzalin, pendimethalin, and tricluralin is likely to jeopardize the survival of approximately half of the Pacific salmonid populations listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The draft biological opinion is the latest milestone in a series of … Continue Reading

NMFS Decides Against Listing Chinook Salmon in Upper Klamath and Trintity Rivers Basin

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) recently concluded that listing of the Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) in the Upper Klamath and Trinity Rivers Basin as threatened or endangered is not warranted.  The agency made the 12-month finding following receipt of a petition to list the species in January 2011 from the Center for Biological Diversity, Oregon Wild, … Continue Reading

National Research Council Committee Issues Final Bay-Delta Report

The National Research Council’s Committee on Sustainable Water and Environmental Management in the California Bay-Delta issued its final report (pdf) entitled Sustainable Water and Environmental Management in the California Bay-Delta.  The report is 220 pages and includes five chapters as well as a number of appendix.  The National Research Council established the Committee at the … Continue Reading

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Determines Endangered Species Act Protection For Longfin Smelt Is Warranted But Precluded

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Service) has determined that protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for the San Francisco Bay-Delta (Bay-Delta) population of longfin smelt is “warranted but precluded.” The Service also determined that listing the longfin smelt rangewide is not warranted at this time. The Service’s decision is in response to a … Continue Reading