Description: Challenge to federal authorizations for a multi-use development in the City of Chico.
AquAlliance v. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 08/25/2021 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Environmental Groups’ Challenge to Development Project in California Cited Protected Species’ Vulnerability to Climate Change. Two environmental groups filed a lawsuit in the federal district court for the Eastern District of California challenging federal authorizations for a 314-acre multi-use development in the City of Chico. They asserted claims under the Endangered Species Act, NEPA, the Clean Water Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act. The allegations in support of their Endangered Species Act claims included that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had ignored best available science when establishing the environmental baseline for its jeopardy analysis for listed species (vernal pool shrimp and meadowfoam), including information that the species’ habitats were adversely affected by and increasingly vulnerable to climate change.