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March 12, 2013:

  • Lawsuit Victory for Whooping Cranes

    Highlights Need for More Comprehensive Approach to Water Management

    U.S. District Court Judge Janis Graham Jack’s ruling yesterday in favor of The Aransas Project (TAP) is a significant victory for the endangered whopping crane. It underscores the need for a more comprehensive approach to water planning and development that includes water for the environment.

    This court decision creates a great opportunity for developing an approach in the Guadalupe River Basin that will allow species such as blue crabs and whooping cranes to thrive while also meeting the essential water supply needs of communities,” said Ken Kramer, Water Resources Chair of the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club. “The outcome in the issue of protecting endangered and threatened species in the Edwards Aquifer and at Comal and San Marcos Springs provides a good example of the positives that can result from such court decisions.

    That federal court decision in the 1990s led to groundwater withdrawal requirements that spurred San Antonio to become a national leader in water conservation and recently resulted in a habitat conservation plan for species that represents a consensus among a wide range of stakeholders.

    The TAP decision could be that kind of action-forcing event that leads to a comprehensive approach to water issues in the basin that benefits everyone.”

    “Maintaining healthy rivers, bays and estuaries is important not just because of the impact to endangered species, but because it is critical to protecting our natural heritage for future generations of Texans.” said Myron Hess, Manager of Texas Water Programs, National Wildlife Federation. “This needs to be a wake-up call for all Texans that we need a more all-inclusive approach to water management that ensures we are meeting all needs, including those of the environment which ultimately sustains us all."

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