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Lawsuit Challenges Destructive Dam Project in California’s Stanislaus County

November 20, 2020

PATTERSON, Calif.— A broad coalition of conservation groups sued the Del Puerto Water District today for approving construction of a new dam on Del Puerto Creek in the Central Valley.

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Outgoing San Diego County Board Members Approve More Sprawl Development

November 18, 2020

SAN DIEGO— In a 4-to-1 vote on Wednesday, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a massive new sprawl development in the county’s ecologically rich Proctor Valley. The Otay Ranch Village 13 project will bring thousands of new residents to a wildfire-prone area that is home to endangered and threatened wildlife species.

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Lawsuit Challenges California’s $16 Billion Move to Fund Delta Tunnel Project

October 29, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Five environmental groups sued the California Department of Water Resources today for adopting a resolution approving the issuance of the Delta Program Revenue Bonds.

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Massive California Warehouse Project Dealt Another Legal Setback

October 28, 2020

MORENO VALLEY, Calif.— Environmental justice and conservation groups declared victory today and chose to let stand an appeals court tentative ruling dismissing an appeal to a 2015 legal challenge to the World Logistics Center. The court said the case is moot because the developer already abandoned its efforts to evade responsibility for the project’s greenhouse gas pollution.

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Lawsuit Launched to Force Feds to Update Recovery Plan for Endangered California Fish

October 28, 2020

LOS ANGELES— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice today of its intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to force it to update an inadequate, 35-year-old recovery plan for a tiny, scaleless fish called the unarmored threespine stickleback. These critically endangered fish are only found in a few Southern California streams in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties.

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Legal Agreement Protects California Wildlife Corridor for Santa Ana Mountain Lions

October 26, 2020

TEMECULA, Calif.— Conservation groups approved a legal agreement today that will protect a critical wildlife corridor for local mountain lions and other wildlife, fund restoration efforts and ensure implementation of a regional conservation plan. The agreement comes after a judge issued a ruling this spring against the proposed 270-acre Altair development in Western Riverside County in California.

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Lawsuit Challenges Southern California Sprawl Development

October 21, 2020

SAN DIEGO— Conservation groups sued the city of Santee today for approving Fanita Ranch, a 2,600-acre housing development that would put about 3,000 homes in highly fire-prone wildlands where numerous threatened and endangered species thrive.

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Judge Allows Conservation Groups to Defend Ventura County Wildlife Connectivity From Industry Legal Challenge

September 3, 2020

VENTURA, Calif.—In a ruling this week, a judge formally granted permission to four conservation organizations to help defend Ventura County’s innovative wildlife connectivity ordinances — the first of their kind in California.

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Officials Urged to Strengthen ‘Connect SoCal’ Plan to Protect Mountain Lions, Discourage Development in Fire-prone Areas

September 1, 2020

LOS ANGELES— Conservation and housing groups today urged the Southern California Association of Governments to amend a land-use plan covering six Southern California counties to better safeguard connectivity for imperiled mountain lions, meet the state’s climate goals, and discourage development in fire-prone areas.

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Lawsuit Challenges Luxury Development in Big Bear Valley

August 28, 2020

FAWNSKIN, Calif.— Conservation groups sued the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors today for approving the controversial Moon Camp development on the north shore of Big Bear Lake. The planned development would bring 50 high-end custom homes to the lakefront property, which has rare and world-renowned pebble plains as well as habitat for wildlife, including a pair of bald eagles with a worldwide following that lives year-round in Big Bear Valley.

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Lawsuit Challenges Mega-Resort in Northern California’s Fire-prone Guenoc Valley

August 21, 2020

LAKEPORT, Calif.— As wildfires rage across Northern California, the Center for Biological Diversity sued Lake County today for approving a sprawling new luxury resort and residential development in fire-prone Guenoc Valley, just north of Napa County.

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Luxury Resort Approved in Northern California’s Wildfire-prone Guenoc Valley

July 21, 2020

LAKEPORT, Calif.— Despite warnings from fire experts and the California attorney general, the Lake County Board of Supervisors approved a sprawling development today in the fire-prone Guenoc Valley, just north of Napa County in Northern California. The project is a massive luxury resort and residential development spread over 16,000 acres that includes oak woodland habitat and critical wildlife corridors.

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Lawsuit Challenges Sprawling Southern California Mega-warehouse

July 20, 2020

MORENO VALLEY, Calif.— Environmental-justice and conservation groups have sued the Southern California city of Moreno Valley for approving the massive World Logistics Center, a 40-million-square-foot warehouse project that would worsen already poor air quality and harm wildlife in the nearby San Jacinto Wildlife Area.

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Miles de tortugas siguen muriendo en Costas de BCS, insuficientes los esfuerzos para su conservación

June 30, 2020

LA PAZ, Mexico— A dos años de la creación del área de refugio para la tortuga caguama por parte de la Semarnat y a cuatro años de que la Comisión Nacional de Acuacultura y Pesca (Conapesca) estableció un refugio pesquero, miles de tortugas en peligro de extinción siguen muriendo en el Golfo de Ulloa, Baja California Sur, de acuerdo con información del gobierno analizada por las organizaciones Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental A.C. y el Centro para la Diversidad Biológica.

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Conservation Groups File Motions to Defend Ventura County Wildlife Connectivity

June 16, 2020

VENTURA, Calif.— Conservation organizations filed two legal motions today to defend Ventura County’s innovative wildlife connectivity ordinances — the first of their kind in California.

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California Officials Interfering With Protected Shorebirds’ Nesting at Oceano Dunes

June 10, 2020

OCEANO, Calif.— California parks officials may have violated the Endangered Species Act by interfering with western snowy plovers’ nesting activities at Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, according to a warning letter sent today by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Appeal Challenges Massive Sprawl Project in Rural Riverside County

May 11, 2020

RIVERSIDE, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club and the San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society filed a legal appeal today challenging the approval of the Villages of Lakeview, a massive 8,725-unit sprawl development that will threaten the nearby San Jacinto Wildlife Area and worsen air quality for county residents.

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California Moves to Protect Imperiled Mountain Lion Populations

April 16, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— In response to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity and the Mountain Lion Foundation, the California Fish and Game Commission voted 5-0 today to advance Southern California and Central Coast mountain lions to candidacy under the state’s Endangered Species Act. The vote follows a February 2020 finding by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife that increased protections may be warranted.

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California to Vote on Protections for Imperiled Mountain Lion Populations

April 14, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— In response to a petition authored by the Center for Biological Diversity, the California Fish and Game Commission will vote April 16 on advancing Southern California and Central Coast mountain lions to candidates for protection under the state’s Endangered Species Act.

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Judge Blocks California Development That Threatens Santa Ana Mountain Lions

April 6, 2020

TEMECULA, Calif.— In a victory over a development that could doom local mountain lions, a judge issued a scathing ruling against the proposed 270-acre Altair development in Western Riverside County in California.

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Appeals Court Victory Secures Steelhead Protection on California’s Santa Clara River

February 26, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO— The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today affirmed a federal court’s 2018 ruling that the United Water Conservation District violated the Endangered Species Act by jeopardizing steelhead survival and recovery in the Santa Clara River as a result of its inadequate fish ladder and diversion of river flows at the Vern Freeman Dam near Santa Paula.

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State Recommends Advancing Protection of Mountain Lions in Southern California, Central Coast

February 12, 2020

SACRAMENTO— In response to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity and the Mountain Lion Foundation, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife today recommended that six struggling mountain lion populations move toward protection under the state’s Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Challenges Southern California City’s Sprawl-promoting Climate Plan

February 7, 2020

SANTEE, Calif.— Conservation groups filed a lawsuit today challenging the city of Santee’s “climate action plan” that gives a free pass to a proposed massive development on the edge of the city. Fanita Ranch, the proposed project that would add nearly 3,000 new homes, would be a car-centric, sprawling development likely resulting in thousands of tons of greenhouse gas emissions every year.

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Lawsuit Challenges Reapproval of Controversial Grapevine Development in Southern California

January 10, 2020

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit today challenging Kern County's reapproval of the 8,000-acre Grapevine project. The environmentally damaging development will straddle Interstate 5 and create a new city of 12,000 dwelling units and up to 5.1 million square feet of commercial real estate.

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Placer Lawsuit Challenges Sprawl Development in California Vernal Pool Habitat

January 9, 2020

AUBURN, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity sued Placer County today for approving the Sunset Area Plan. The sprawling development in Northern California will destroy thousands of acres of rare vernal pool habitat — temporary wetlands crucial to wildlife — and overwhelm regional roadways by forcing commuters and residents to drive millions of additional miles.

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Lawsuit Challenges Destructive Luxury Development in Historic Wetland Area on South San Francisco Bay

December 16, 2019

NEWARK, Calif.— The Citizens Committee to Complete the Refuge and Center for Biological Diversity today sued the city of Newark for approving a destructive plan to pave over a historic wetland to build hundreds of luxury housing units along South San Francisco Bay. The Sanctuary West Residential Project is planned for Newark “Area 4,” which has long been prioritized by the environmental community for conservation.

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Lawsuit Launched Against Seven Oaks Dam’s Harming of Rare California Fish

December 11, 2019

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Endangered Habitats League today announced their intent to sue the federal government and three Southern California counties for harming imperiled Santa Ana sucker fish with a poorly timed water release from the Seven Oaks Dam during spawning season.

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Supervisors in California's Placer County Approve Sprawl Project

December 11, 2019

AUBURN, Calif.— The Placer County Board of Supervisors voted yesterday to approve the controversial Sunset Area Plan development. The plan, encompassing more than 8,500 acres in western Placer County near the cities of Roseville, Rocklin and Lincoln, includes a 5,636-dwelling unit residential community in addition to industrial and commercial land uses.

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California Court Upholds Challenge to Controversial Walt Ranch Vineyard

October 1, 2019

NAPA, Calif.— A California appeals court ruled yesterday that Napa County violated state law in approving the large Walt Ranch vineyard development in the mountains east of the city of Napa. The decision sends the project, which would destroy more than 300 acres of riparian, oak and native grassland habitat and convert it into vineyards, back to the trial court.

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Lawsuit Challenges Marin County’s Inadequate Protections for Endangered Coho Salmon

September 27, 2019

SAN RAFAEL, Calif.— Two conservation organizations have sued Northern California’s Marin County for failing to adequately protect coho salmon and their habitat in the San Geronimo Valley.

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Agreement Reached to Protect Community, Wildlife From Southern California Warehouse Project

September 16, 2019

FONTANA, Calif.— Conservation groups and UST-CB Partners, a development company, reached an agreement today over a controversial warehouse project in the Southern California city of Fontana that threatened local communities and wildlife habitat.

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Amah Mutsun Tribal Band Will Lead ‘Walk for Juristac’ Sunday to Protect Sacred Lands in Santa Clara County

September 6, 2019

SAN JUAN BAUTISTA, Calif.— The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band will be stepping forward in a public journey of healing and restoration on Sunday. One of the greatest challenges before the tribe is the protection of their sacred grounds at Juristac (Sargent Ranch). The site is currently threatened by Sargent Quarry, a proposed 320-acre sand-and-gravel mining operation.

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Legal Action Opposes Federal Approval of Southern California Dam

August 8, 2019

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif.— Conservation groups today filed a motion with federal energy regulators to intervene in opposition to a controversial plan to build a new dam in Southern California’s Santa Ana Mountains. The project, located on the border of Orange and Riverside counties, would include a reservoir and hydropower project that will cut through roadless areas, inundate forests and threaten endangered species.

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San Diego Lawsuits Challenge Sprawl Development in High-risk Fire Zone

July 25, 2019

SAN DIEGO— Conservation organizations sued San Diego County today for approving Otay Ranch Village 14, a sprawl development that will pave over hundreds of acres of habitat for golden eagles and other imperiled wildlife and build new homes in one of California’s most dangerously fire-prone areas.

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State Endangered Species Protection Sought for Mountain Lions in Southern California, Central Coast

June 25, 2019

LOS ANGELES— The Center for Biological Diversity and Mountain Lion Foundation formally petitioned the California Fish and Game Commission today to protect mountain lions under the California Endangered Species Act.

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California Court Halts Plan to Widen Highway 101 Through Old-growth Redwoods

June 12, 2019

EUREKA, Calif.— Humboldt County Superior Court Judge Kelly Neel ruled in favor of environmental organizations Tuesday in the latest legal battle in the nearly decade-long effort to prevent the widening of Highway 101 through old-growth redwoods at Richardson Grove State Park.

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Lawsuit Challenges City-sized Sprawl Development in L.A. County

May 28, 2019

LOS ANGELES— Conservation groups sued the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today for approving the controversial 12,000-acre Centennial development, one of the largest ever proposed in county history.

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