For decades, Earthjustice has been fighting to keep endangered salmon in the Columbia River and its main tributary, the Snake River, from going extinct. The major threat is a system of dams that hinders salmon migration. We’re litigating for better operation of the dams and advocating for the ultimate removal of four outdated dams on the lower Snake River.
The Environmental Protection Agency has repeatedly approved inadequate plans to impove air quality in the nation's capital and Earthjustice has repeatedly filed suit to force the agency to obey the law. The agency -- and the city -- are stubborn, however, and the case goes on.
The Fish and Wildlife Service rewrote a biological opinion that originally said that a mine proposed in the Cabinet Mountains in Montana could wipe out grizzly bears and bull trout there -- the new opinion says the mine poses no threat. A district court has now ruled that opinion illegal too, halting the mine for now.
Wyoming's wolves are protected by the federal government. The state wants to take over management and allow the killing of wolves. The Fish and Wildlife Service denied Wyoming's plan; ranchers, farmers, and others filed suit; and Earthjustice intevened to assure a stout defense of the wolves.
Earthjustice challenged and won two attempts by the Bush administration that sought to severally weaken environmental regulations regarding the management of the country’s national forests, watersheds and wildlife.
Lake Okeechobee in Florida is overloaded with fertilizer and animal waste from cattle and dairy farms as well as other sources. Existing restrictions are inadequate to the task of cleaning them up. Earthjustice successfully sued to make the authorities follow the law and clean up waterways tributary to the Lake.