Salmon-Challis Water Diversions
Idaho Conservation League v. U.S. Forest Service et al., Case No. 1:14-cv-00216-EJL (D.Idaho 2014).
Chinook Salmon, steelhead, bull-trout
January 5, 2015
Advocates for the West is pleased to announce we settled this case against the Forest Service and NOAA Fisheries for failing to complete Endangered Species Act consultations for over 100 water diversions on streams in the Salmon-Challis National Forest in Idaho’s Upper Salmon River basin. The Salmon-Challis National Forest is home to important populations of threatened Chinook salmon, steelhead, and bull trout. However, many water diversions in the Forest consist of primitive structures that block entire streams and divert too much water, impeding the recovery of threatened fish.