The Endangered Species Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1973 to protect species at risk of extinction due to the consequences of economic growth and lack of habitat conservation.
On June 11, 2013, the Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) issued a new Endangered Species Guidance Document (“Guidance”) on the Section 7 consultation requirement for federal discretionary actions. While focused primarily on...more
A municipal water district proposed a project to build a seawater desalination plant to avoid predicted future water supply shortages. After the water district certified an environmental impact report (“EIR”) for the...more
On May 31, the House Committee on Judiciary Over-Criminalization Task Force will begin a six-month investigation to determine whether the U.S. Code over-criminalizes relatively minor conduct. The bipartisan task force,...more
Chris Carr is co-chairman of the Morrison & Foerster LLP's cleantech group and chairman of the firm's environment and energy group. Carr has focused his practice on permitting and litigation under the federal Endangered...more
On February 26, in a reprise of its partially successful assault on Oregon water quality standards, Northwest Environmental Advocates sent a Notice of Intent to Sue EPA for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act and...more
On Monday, January 14, U.S. District Court Judge George Singal dismissed Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Clean Water Act (CWA) claims against several dam owners and operators located along the Kennebec and Androscoggin...more