“The National Marine Fisheries Service had a real opportunity to meaningfully improve conditions in the Shasta River,” said Sangye Ince-Johannsen, attorney at the Western Environmental Law Center. “Instead, the agency gave the irrigators carte blanche to continue the very same practices that so deteriorated coho habitat. These so-called ‘enhancement of survival’ permits lock in an untenable status quo for at least 20 more years—by which time coho may no longer swim up the Shasta. The use of safe harbor here makes a mockery of the Endangered Species Act.”

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