Calif. Agency's River Drainage Threatens Salmon: Suit

Law360, New York (June 28, 2010, 3:26 PM EDT) -- A trade association of commercial fishing families and a conservation group have lodged a lawsuit alleging that the California State Water Resources Control Board and Siskiyou County, Calif., violated the state's Public Trust Doctrine by failing to leave enough water in the Scott River to protect coho salmon and other endangered species.

The Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations and the Environmental Law Foundation filed their suit Thursday in California Superior Court, saying the rubber-stamping of well permits has seriously depleted local aquifers and, by extension,...
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