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Delta Smelt Biological Opinion

Case Number # 1027

The tiny smelt that lives in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta has been declining for years. Studies clearly indicate that increasing diversions of water would harm the fish, but the administration decided to proceed anyway. Earthjustice and NRDC sued to block an offending biological opinion.

The court ruled in our favor in December 2007.

Press Releases

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Court unanimously throws out earlier rulings that failed to consider imperiled delta smelt
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Three-judge panel maintains water management plan that aids delta smelt
Monday, October 31, 2011
Victory for Endangered Species Act advocates who fought to keep the species listed
Monday, November 30, 2009
Flawed water management plans shortchange wildlife, Delta
Monday, December 15, 2008
State and federal water projects operators must protect native fish from extinction
Friday, December 14, 2007
Plaintiffs hope it's not too late to restore ailing estuary, as biologists see record collapse in fishery numbers
Friday, July 20, 2007
Bush administration to reconsider politically-motivated Endangered Species Act decisions
Friday, May 25, 2007
Ruling means state and federal water projects may be required to reduce pumping to protect fish from extinction
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Federal plan to increase water diversions from San Francisco Bay-Delta will harm imperiled native fish, water quality
Tuesday, March 4, 2003
Industry and water district lawsuits seek delisting of protected species