Willamette Basin ESA Violations

Willamette Basin ESA Violations

Current Status:
PENDING

Case Title:
Notice of Intent to Sue

Staff attorney(s):
Laurie Rule
Lizzy Potter
Andrew Missel

Client(s):

WaterWatch of Oregon

Northwest Environmental Defense Center

WildEarth Guardians

To Protect:

Salmon

Steelhead

States:
Oregon

Case Information:

December 19, 2019 — Advocates for the West filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps is senselessly charging ahead with a proposal to reallocate the water stored in the Willamette River Basin Flood Control Project despite the fact that the Corps is in the middle of an Endangered Species Act consultation with the National Marine Fisheries Service over the effects of the Willamette Project on threatened Upper Willamette River Chinook salmon and steelhead. The Corps’ decision to move forward with reallocation in the middle of consultation violates its duty under the Endangered Species Act not to make any “irreversible or irretrievable commitment of resources” before consultation is complete.