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Western Water Law & Policy Reporter

December 2020

Volume 25, Number 2 December 2020




Idaho Legislative Update: The Riparian Doctrine and the Mischief of Stale Statutes43

Nevada Legislation Update: Water-Related Bills on Tap for 2021 Legislative Session44


U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and Sacramento River Contractors Coordinate and Delay Water Diversions to Benefit Chinook Salmon47

California State Water Resources Control Board Grants Petition for Statutory Adjudication of Fresno River Watershed48

Colorado River District Completes Study on the Economic Impacts of Demand Management Program50


Recent Investigations, Settlements, Penalties and Sanctions53



Ninth Circuit Rejects NEPA Lawsuit Challenging EIS for Sheep Grazing Plan in Grizzly Bear Habi-


Cottonwood Environmental Law Center v. U.S. Sheep Experiment Station, Unpub., Case 19-35511 (9th Cir. Oct. 28, 2020).

D.C. Circuit Finds District of Columbia’s Water Pollution Control Act Is Discretionary57

District of Columbia v. Miss Dallas Trucking, LLC, ___F.3d___, Case No. 19-CV-540 (D.C. Cir. Oct. 22, 2020), as amended (Nov. 12, 2020).

District Court Vacates Department of the Interior’s Memorandum Removing Incidental Take Protections for Migratory Birds59

Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., et al v. U.S. Department of the Interior, et al., ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 1:18-cv-04596-VEC (S.D. NY 2020).

District Court Denies Motion to Dismiss Clean Water Act Citizen Suit—Finds Sufficient Pleading of Continuing or Intermittent Violations61

Okanogan Highlands Alliance, et al. v. Crown Resources Corporation, et al., ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 2:20-CV-147-RMP (E.D. Wash. Oct. 5, 2020).

District Court Reverses EPA’s Narrow Jurisdictional Delineation by Applying Contemporary Judicial Scope of the Clean Water Act Jurisdiction63

San Francisco Baykeeper et al. v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 3:19-cv-05941-WHA (N.D. Cal. 2020).