During a recent visit to California the Trump administration announced its implementation of Endangered Species Act permits designed to weaken environmental protections for salmon and other imperiled wildlife in California’s Bay-Delta Watershed.
In response, the State of California has announced it will challenge these permits in federal court on the grounds that they fail to protect endangered species and are contrary to the state’s interests. Last December, the and its partners filed federal court litigation designed to protect salmon and endangered species marking the its 100th lawsuit against the Trump Administration.
According to Kate Poole, Senior Director of the Water Division at the Natural Resources Defense Council, Governor Newsom’s office has also reiterated the State’s intent to protect native fish species on the brink of extinction.
“These new rules sacrifice the Bay-Delta and its most endangered species for the financial interests of the President’s political backers and Secretary Bernhardt’s former clients. We will fight for the largest estuary on the West Coast which sustains hundreds of fish and wildlife and thousands of fishing jobs that depend on a healthy Bay-Delta. The Newsom Administration has the tools it needs to protect California from Trump’s latest assault on the environment…and we’re looking forward to working with the Governor to do so.”