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Central Valley Steelhead Intervention

Case Overview

A group of irrigation districts has filed suit to strip Endangered Species Act protections from steelhead trout that spawn in rivers that flow through the Central Valley in California. Earthjustice represents fishing organizations and conservation groups trying to maintain the protections.

Case Updates

June 16, 2011 | Blog Post

Awash In Water and Profits, Cal Growers Denied More

It’s hard to view the recent actions of some big agricultural operations in California’s San Joaquin Valley as anything but hostile to the state’s wildlife. Some of the biggest growers are refusing to take an overflowing allotment of irrigation water as enough and are cluttering up the court system with lawsuits aimed at wringing every last drop of water for themselves, no matter what damage that causes native fish species. 

October 27, 2008 | Legal Document

CA Steelhead Delisting Rejected Decision

A U.S. District Court judge has rejected an attempt by California irrigators and logging industry groups to strip protected status from five populations of wild steelhead trout.

January 12, 2006 | Reference

Unsettling Development

The Justice Department has abandoned its established role of defending federal laws & regulations. (Editorial from The Environmental Forum 1/1/04)