WildEarth Guardians

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Matt Filsinger USFWS

Confronting Extinction in Western Rivers

WildEarth Guardians v. Bernhardt, et. al.
Case No.
Case No. 1:20-cv-1035 (D.D.C.)
Date Filed
April 21, 2020
State, Venue
District of Columbia, Federal District Court for the District of Columbia
Jennifer R. Schwartz (lead), Samantha Ruscavage-Barz
WildEarth Guardians is confronting the extinction crisis in western rivers by challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s failure to extend Endangered Species Act protections to five freshwater species and their fragile aquatic environments in the Rio Grande and Missouri River basins. Extending vital protections to the Rio Grande chub (Gila pandora), Rio Grande sucker (Catostomus plebeius), sturgeon chub (Macrhybopsis gelida), sicklefin chub (Macrhybopsis meeki), and narrow-foot hygrotus diving beetle (Hygrotus diversipes), as requested by the complaint, will also ensure living, healthy rivers and wetlands in large landscapes throughout the desert southwest and Great plains regions.