Santa Ana Sucker Wins in Court to Chagrin of Inland Water Agencies
Technically, it was the Obama administration's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that Judge James V. Selna ruled for, rejecting the challenge inland water agencies mounted over expansion of the natural habitat for the endangered fish.
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The suit filed by the Riverside County Flood Control & Water Conservation District, the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District and 10 other inland agencies lacked merit, ruled Selna, who also upheld the feds' plans to double the protection area for the Santa Ana sucker.
The water agencies, which argue the expansion will cut too deeply into regional water supplies, have not indicated whether they will appeal.
Ironically, a court ruling environmental groups won against Fish and Wildlife years ago forced the agency to adopt the expanded habitat at the center of the water agencies' suit. Lawyers from some of those same enviro groups filed briefs supporting the new boundaries.
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