Enviro Groups Sue Stanford Over Endangered Steelhead

By David McAfee (March 14, 2014, 8:52 PM EDT) -- Two environmental groups hit Stanford University with a lawsuit in California federal court Friday, accusing the school of discharging sediment and other pollutants that endanger California's Central Coast steelhead in violation of the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act.

Plaintiffs Our Children's Earth Foundation and Ecological Rights Foundation say Stanford's operations of the Jasper Ridge Road Crossing and the Lagunita Diversion Dam, as well as a pipeline outlet valve at the base of Searsville Dam, are perpetrating the "take" of the steelhead, which occurs when someone harasses, harms, kills, traps or captures the species, under the ESA.

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