Federal dam managers failed to meet federal standards for water quantity and water temperature in the Snake and Columbia rivers, violating the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act.
Rocky Mountain Ecology
In an effort to protect the California spotted owl and the Pacific fisher conservation groups filed suit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in federal district court.
The Aug. 24 decision upholds that cattle grazing harms the desert tortoise and its critical habitat.
Two lightning-ignited fires roared through forests of pinon pine, Utah juniper and Gambel oak in Mesa Verde National Park, scorching 21,061 acres in the park and another 7,786 acres nearby.
California led the nation in closures and advisories with 5,780, compared to 3,547 in 1999.