Salmon groups irate over shift on habitat rules

March 16, 2005
By B.A.S.S. Times Staff
WASHINGTON, D.C. — More water likely will be degraded through development, as the Bush administration proposes to temporarily end habitat protections for 19 populations of salmon and steelhead in four western states. The move comes in response to lawsuits filed by the Association of California Water Agencies, the National Association of Home Builders and 16 other groups of developers and local governments. They argued that protections were "excessive, unduly vague, not justified as essential ...

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