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September 15, 2021

Nez Perce Tribe Resolves Case Alleging Water Quality Violations on Hells Canyon Reach of the Snake River

The Nez Perce Tribe recently reached a settlement agreement with the state of Oregon resolving a case that Advocates for the West filed—along with the Tribe’s Office of Legal Counsel—challenging the state of Oregon’s Clean Water Act section 401 water quality certification for the relicensing of the Hells Canyon Complex. The Hells Canyon Complex, owned and operated by…

September 7, 2021

VICTORY! Judge orders immediate actions to save Willamette River Chinook salmon and winter steelhead.

Advocates for the West won a strong victory for threatened Upper Willamette River wild spring Chinook salmon and winter steelhead last week when U.S. District Judge Marco Hernandez issued a final opinion and order directing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to immediately undertake new measures at dams in Oregon’s Willamette River basin. The injunction requires the Corps to…

September 3, 2021

Seeking a Communications and Engagement Director

Advocates for the West seeks an experienced, innovative, motivated, and self-directed professional Communications and Engagement Director to join our team. The Communications and Engagement Director (CED) will develop and implement strategic communications and engagement plans. They will engage new and existing audiences across the West to increase awareness of our work, engage new partners, and build…

June 2021 photo of bull trout stream in the Upper Squaw Creek watershed
August 30, 2021

New Action Launched to Protect Idaho Bull Trout From Misguided “Restoration”

Advocates for the West notified the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that they are in violation of the Endangered Species Act by approving the “Sage Hen Integrated Restoration Project” in Idaho’s West Mountains without protecting threatened bull trout. The Sage Hen Project authorizes constructing over 80 miles of roads and commercially harvesting timber on 18,000 acres over the next…

August 27, 2021

APPEALS COURT AFFIRMS DECISION THAT SAWTOOTH VALLEY DIVERSIONS HARM SALMON

Advocates for the West secured a victory this week in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to protect threatened Idaho salmon, steelhead, and bull trout from irrigation water diversions in Idaho’s Sawtooth Valley. The Ninth Circuit decision, issued on August 25, upholds our lower court win that requires the U.S. Forest Service to consult with experts and protect fish. We sued…

July 19, 2021

Victory for Oregon Salmon and Steelhead!

Advocates for the West is celebrating a sound victory for threatened Upper Willamette River wild spring Chinook salmon and winter steelhead. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Marco Hernandez of Oregon federal court outlined the actions that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) must immediately take to protect these imperiled species from extinction. In a strongly worded draft order,…

June 29, 2021

New Suit Filed to Halt Grazing on Sonoran Desert National Monument

Advocates for the West filed suit against the Arizona Bureau of Land Management (Bureau) for failing to protect the native plants, wildlife, and cultural resources found within the Sonoran Desert National Monument from the devastating impacts of livestock grazing.

Sage-Grouse
June 11, 2021

Victory! Court Halts Further Oil and Gas Drilling in Critical Sage-Grouse Habitat

Advocates for the West is celebrating another sweeping win to protect the imperiled sage-grouse from oil and gas drilling approved by the Trump Administration. Our Staff Attorney Sarah Stellberg masterfully handled this case on behalf of clients Center for Biological Diversity and Western Watersheds Project, along with Executive Director Laird Lucas. On Wednesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald E. Bush suspended new drilling and…

June 9, 2021

VICTORY! Court Rules Suction Dredge Miner Violated Clean Water Act in Idaho

Advocates for the West is celebrating a sound victory against suction dredge miner Shannon Poe of California for violating the Clean Water Act (CWA) by operating a suction dredge on Idaho’s South Fork of the Clearwater River for 42 days last summer without a CWA permit. We filed suit against Poe on behalf of Idaho Conservation League (ICL). Chief…

June 8, 2021

Taking Action to Halt Highway Construction in Red Cliffs National Conservation Area

Advocates for the West recently filed suit against the U.S. Department of the Interior and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to halt a plan approved under the Trump Administration that would punch a four-lane highway through the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area in southern Utah. The planned highway would pave over a protected, sensitive, scenic desert paradise in southwest Utah,…