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Small Populations in Jeopardy: A Delta Smelt Case Study

ELR Article

Under §7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), federal agencies must ensure that actions they authorize, fund, or carry out are “not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any endangered species or threatened species or result...

Natural Resources Defense Council v. Jewell

ELR Case

The Ninth Circuit held that the Bureau of Reclamation should have consulted with FWS or NMFS on impacts to the threatened delta smelt prior to renewing long-term water contracts pertaining to California's Central Valley Project. ESA §7(...

San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority v. Jewell

ELR Case

The Ninth Circuit, in a 170+ page opinion, reversed in part and affirmed in part a lower court decision invalidating the FWS' 2008 biological opinion (BiOp) that concluded that the Central Valley Project (CVP) would jeopardize the...

Natural Resources Defense Council v. Salazar

ELR Case

The Ninth Circuit held that the Bureau of Reclamation did not violate the ESA when it renewed 41 water service contracts in California despite concerns over the endangered delta smelt. Conservation groups argued that the Bureau renewed...

Consolidated Salmonid Cases

ELR Case

A district court, in a 279-page opinion, held that NOAA-Fisheries' 2009 biological opinion (BiOp) and reasonable and prudent alternative (RPA) addressing Central Valley Project and State Water Project impacts on Chinook salmon,...

Delta Smelt Consolidated Cases

ELR Case

A district court, on a motion to amend judgment, extended the FWS' deadline for completing its biological opinion (...