Calif. Utilities Fight FWS Fish Habitat Expansion

Law360, New York (August 24, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT) -- A dozen municipal water districts in Southern California hit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with a suit Tuesday claiming the agency ignored key scientific data when it doubled the protected habitat for an endangered fish.

The water districts, all located in the Inland Empire region of California, allege the FWS’s decision violated the Endangered Species Act by failing to consult them and use the best science available in making its ruling, which they say could slash one million residents’ water supplies by a third....
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