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January 14, 2015 / Dave Metres
On Monday, January 12, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court denied two petitions seeking review of a Ninth Circuit decision upholding limits on water diversions from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect the endangered Delta smelt. Several petitioners, including Westlands Water District, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, and other agricultural interests and water utilities, had sought review of a March 2014 Ninth Circuit decision that upheld the “reasonable and...
May 15, 2014 / Josh Bloom and Dave Metres
On May 12, 2014, Federal wildlife agencies proposed two new rules concerning critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act and a draft policy regarding exclusions from critical habitat designations. The proposals, issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), have been published in Federal Register, and comments will be accepted through July 11. The proposed rules would create a new definition of “destruction or adverse...