Calif. Water Districts Can't Exclude Enviros From ESA Suit

Law360, New York (February 14, 2012, 3:19 PM EST) -- A dozen California municipal water districts on Monday lost their bid to exclude environmental groups from a lawsuit alleging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ignored key scientific data when it doubled the size of the Santa Ana sucker's habitat.

The FWS in December 2010 doubled the critical habitat area for the Santa Ana sucker, a threatened freshwater fish unique to Southern California rivers. The decision would tighten restrictions on any development in the region by requiring developers to go through a layer of federal approval....
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