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.

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: FAVORABLY-DISMISSED

Little Colorado River Basin Fracking

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

February 6, 2020 — Advocates for the West reached an agreement with the Trump administration suspending 4,200 acres of oil and gas leases on public land in Arizona’s Little Colorado River Valley as part of a joint motion filed in federal court. The federal government’s suspension of the leases prohibits any oil and gas activity…

Idaho Clean Water Act Permitting
Status: WON

Idaho Clean Water Act Permitting

Case: No. 18-72684

September 10, 2020 – After a six-month wait since oral argument, the 9th Circuit ruled on Advocates for the West’s challenge to the EPA’s approval of the Idaho NPDES Program. The opinion rules that we were victorious on the mens rea issue with the court holding that states must have a criminal negligence standard that…

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

February 17, 2021 – Advocates for the West filed our opening brief with the 10th Circuit Court requesting a reversal of the district court’s erroneous dismissal for lack of Article III standing. Our brief argues that the Court should hold a 2017 decision of the Interior Board of Land Appeals as unlawful and force the defendants…

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

Sage-Grouse RMP Challenge

Case: No. 1:16-cv-83

February 11, 2021 – U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill ruled strongly in our favor on this case, overturning a Trump Administration decision to strip protections from 10 million acres, mostly in Nevada and Idaho, to allow mining in critical habitat for greater sage-grouse. The court upheld our claim that the BLM failed to provide a…

Air Force Urban Warfare Training
Status: WON
October 1, 2020

Air Force Urban Warfare Training

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

October 1, 2020 — The court ruled a sweeping victory for Advocates for the West in our case challenging Air Force urban military training exercises over Boise and other parts of Southern Idaho. March 27, 2020 — Advocates for the West filed our reply brief in this case, as well as our opposition to the Air Force’s…

Sheep Experiment Station Followup Case
Status: PENDING

Sheep Experiment Station Followup Case

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

December 23, 2019 — Advocates for the West filed a motion for summary judgment in this case, accompanied by seven declarations from scientific experts and witnesses in support of our case. 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…

Oil and Gas Lease Sales Near Bears Ears National Monument
Status: PENDING

Oil and Gas Lease Sales Near Bears Ears National Monument

Case: Friends of Cedar Mesa v. DOI, BLM, Kent Hoffman

April 8, 2021 – Advocates for the West reinitiated our lawsuit in D.C. District Court against two Bureau of Land Management oil and gas lease sales outside Bears Ears National Monument. Our case, representing Friends of Cedar Mesa, largely focuses on negative cultural resource impacts (NEPA and NHPA claims) and also includes an ESA consultation claim. February…

Bonneville Power Administration Ratemaking
Status: PENDING

Bonneville Power Administration Ratemaking

Case: Petition to Intervene

December 14, 2018 – BPA granted our motion to intervene, which will give us a real opportunity to dig into the true cost of the Lower Snake River dams. December 11, 2018 – Advocates for the West filed a petition to intervene with the Bonneville Power Administration’s (BPA) Joint Power and Transmission Rate Proceeding for the 2020-2021…