WE WORK WONDERS for NATURAL WONDERS

When an environmental plight calls for lean and hard-hitting legal muscle, conservation groups call on us. Advocates for the West boosts the strength of environmental nonprofits and concerned citizens – advancing the mission of every partner by putting the power of law and science on the side of the West.

Since our founding in 2003, Advocates for the West has provided free legal support to over 35 partners on more than 170 cases – with an 85% record of success.

Smart and efficient, our attorneys work with partners to develop strategic cases aimed at enforcing the nation’s bedrock environmental laws. We handle an extensive caseload with an impressive win (link to wins list) record.

We work wonders to perpetuate natural wonders. It’s how the West is won.

Midas Gold Clean Water Act Violations
Status: PENDING

Midas Gold Clean Water Act Violations

Case: Case 1:19-cv-00307-BLW

October 30, 2019 — Advocates for the West and the Nez Perce Tribe filed an opposition to Midas Gold’s motion to stay our case. August 8, 2019 — Advocates for the West is partnering with the Nez Perce Tribe Office of Legal Counsel to represent the Nez Perce Tribe in a Clean Water Act (CWA) enforcement lawsuit against Midas…

Hells Canyon Complex Water Quality
Status: PENDING

Hells Canyon Complex Water Quality

Case: Petition for Judicial Review

July 23, 2019 – Advocates for the West teamed up with the Nez Perce Tribe (Tribe) to file a challenge to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s (ODEQ) May 24, 2019, Clean Water Act  certification for Idaho Power Company’s Hells Canyon Complex Hydroelectric Project (Hells Canyon Complex). Located within the Tribe’s aboriginal homeland, the Hells Canyon…

Little Colorado River Basin Fracking
Status: PENDING

Little Colorado River Basin Fracking

Case: Case 3:19-cv-08204-CDB

July 15, 2019 — Advocates for the West filed suit against the Trump administration for leasing 4,200 acres of public lands for oil and gas extraction in Arizona’s Little Colorado River basin without any new environmental review. Our suit, filed in the U.S. District Court of Arizona, argues that the BLM violated several federal laws…

Idaho Clean Water Act Permitting
Status: PENDING

Idaho Clean Water Act Permitting

Case: No. 18-72684

June 26, 2019 – Advocates for the West filed our opening brief in the Ninth Circuit on behalf of Idaho Conservation League in a case against the Environmental Protection Agency. Our case challenges EPA’s decision to allow Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ) to take over Clean Water Act permitting in Idaho, which EPA used…

Sawtooth National Forest Water Diversions
Status: WON
June 17, 2019

Sawtooth National Forest Water Diversions

Case: Idaho Conservation League v. U.S. Forest Service

June 17, 2019 – Court order Forest Service to analyze water use at the 20 diversions and determining how to mitigate negative impacts on fish. March 13, 2017 – Advocates for the West sent the Forest Service a notice of intent to sue for violating the Endangered Species Act by authorizing 23 existing irrigation diversions and ditches in…

Duck Creek Livestock Grazing
Status: PENDING

Duck Creek Livestock Grazing

Case: 1:19-cv-00037-BLW

January 29, 2019 – Advocates for the West filed suit against the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) and Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA), challenging the decision to continue unlawful authorization of ecologically destructive livestock grazing on the Duck Creek allotment in Utah. The allotment historically provided vital habitat for many iconic wildlife species including…

Sage-Grouse RMP Challenge
Status: WON
October 16, 2019

Sage-Grouse RMP Challenge

Case: No. 1:16-cv-83

February 25, 2016 – Advocates for the West filed a new lawsuit in Idaho federal court seeking to increase protections for greater sage-grouse across more than 70 million acres of federal lands in 10 western states. The case argues that new land use plans adopted by the Forest Service and BLM fail to address climate change and…

Antelope Allotment Grazing Followup
Status: PENDING

Antelope Allotment Grazing Followup

Case: Case 1:19-cv-00516-MC

April 9, 2019 – Advocates for the West filed a lawsuit and moved for a preliminary injunction to stop a livestock grazing plan from harming some of the best remaining public land habitat for the rare Oregon spotted frog. The species, found in Jack Creek on the Antelope allotment of the Fremont-Winema National Forest, is…

Air Force Urban Warfare Training
Status: PENDING

Air Force Urban Warfare Training

Case: Case 1:19-cv-00103-CWD

April 1, 2019 – Advocates for the West is representing several Boise residents and Great Old Broads for Wilderness in a suit filed in Idaho federal court yesterday against the U.S. Air Force over its “Urban Close Air Support (CAS) Training Project” for urban warfare training in Boise and other southern Idaho cities. Under the…

Sheep Experiment Station Followup Case
Status: PENDING

Sheep Experiment Station Followup Case

Case: Case 1:19-cv-00065-REB

February 20, 2019 – Advocates for the West filed suit on behalf of Center for Biological Diversity, Western Watersheds Project and WildEarth Guardians in our latest federal lawsuit challenging the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Sheep Experiment Station (“Sheep Station”) for reauthorizing domestic sheep grazing in and around the Centennial Mountains in spite of the threat it poses…