“This decision is a victory for common sense, coho salmon in the Shasta River, and for our clients who have suffered immeasurable loss from salmon declines here,” said Sangye Ince-Johannsen, attorney at the Western Environmental Law Center. “The National Marine Fisheries Service rubber-stamped the very same practices that have so deteriorated conditions in the Shasta, overwhelmingly favoring irrigation at the expense of threatened coho salmon. These 20-year, transferable permits were poised to hasten the decline of returning coho in the Shasta, possibly to zero.”

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