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Victories

Earthjustice's International program played a key role in convincing a United Nations expert to find that, under international law, "[a]ll persons have the right to a secure, healthy and ecologically sound environment."
In February 2001, a federal judge ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers must ensure that the lower Snake River dams comply with water quality standards.
Attorneys in Earthjustice's Washington, DC, office protected the Anacostia River from contamination from a former naval factory and helped block harmful development projects along the river.
In 2001, Earthjustice's Environmental Law Clinic at Stanford compelled the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect endangered sea turtles, whales, and dolphins from the effects of gillnet fisheries off the California Coast.
Under court order, in 2003, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made final designations of more than 400,000 acres of critical habitat for scores of species of endangered and threatened plants native to Hawai`i.

In April 2001, Earthjustice won a major court order finding that the Bureau of Reclamation had violated the Endangered Species Act by diverting scarce water to irrigators at the expense of threatened coho salmon.

In March 2001, Earthjustice compelled the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce phosphorus pollution flowing into Lake Okeechobee by 70 percent.
In March 2001, the EPA announced that it will require the Bay Area air quality agencies to develop a more aggressive clean air plan to comply with National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone.
In April 2001, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission agreed to establish extensive slow speed zones in endangered manatee habitat as well as 14 refuges and sanctuaries in Florida coastal waters.
In January 2001, a settlement was reached with the EPA to ensure that the agency sets standards for large cargo ships by 2003.

The wild, remote, rugged, and beautiful Kaiparowits Plateau in southern Utah was slated to become an industrial zone with coal mine and power plant. Instead it is now a national monument.

Monica Reimer, an attorney in the Tallahassee office, writes the only jury trial in the history of Earthjustice, an ultimately successful attempt to keep in public ownership a south Florida jewel known as Fisheating Creek.
It looked as if nothing could stop a Canadian mining company from reopening an abandoned gold mine adjacent to Yellowstone National Park, threatening three major watersheds with acid-laced pollution. But Earthjustice had a better idea. Staff attorney Doug Honnold explains.

A century ago, most of the water that supported Native Hawaiian communities, their taro patches, and their fisheries on the east side of O`ahu was diverted to the central part of the island to grow sugar. When Big Sugar pulled up stakes decades later, a mighty struggle ensued. Should the water go to restore what was lost, or be used for golf courses and expensive crops? Tom Turner tells the tale.

Some lawsuits fail in court but still accomplish their overall objective. One such case rescued the Sacramento River winter-run king salmon. Mike Sherwood, the lead attorney on the case, tells the story.