ESA Puts Wildlife 1st In Fight Over Calif.'s Scarce Water

Law360, New York (February 6, 2014, 6:29 PM EST) -- As California's drought reaches historic levels, experts say conservation advocates have a major advantage over agricultural interests and municipalities in the impending battle for dwindling water resources, thanks to the Endangered Species Act's clear obligations for providing wildlife with resources necessary to survive.

Last year was the state's driest in a century of recorded history, and 2014 isn't looking much better. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency last month, and the state has experienced drinking water shortages and wildfires. Without enough water to keep...
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