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 We’re litigating for better operation of the dams and advocating for the ultimate removal of four outdated dams on the lower Snake River.
Earthjustice is working to preserve science-based guidelines for managing water flows through the San Francisco Bay-Delta at levels that protect imperiled fish and orcas—and help to restore the Delta ecosystem.
Earthjustice has been involved in a long-running tussle with Pacific Gas and Electric and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission over the amount of water left in Butte Creek to benefit spawning spring-run king salmon.
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.