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A Fine Line: Federal Agency Decision-Making in the Development of Recovery Plans for Endangered Fish in Western Rivers

by Lea Linse, 2016-17 Student Fellow

In the third section of the 2017 State of the Rockies ReportLea Linse investigates why federal courts or agencies might choose to allow water development projects and uses to continue after they have been proven to jeopardize endangered species. This observation contradicts early court interpretations of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), in which it was ruled that the ESA was supposed to give species the “highest of priorities” at any cost, economic or otherwise. In this report, Lea examines why giving species the “highest of priorities” might unrealistically represent the way that federal agencies view implementation of the ESA. 

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