Friday, March 23, 2018

In potential blow to conservation efforts, U.S. court rules restoration moves harmed farmers

Of course it is.  And the EPA knows this and doesn't give a HOOT for the Common Man.  And I've never been able to understand how they were able to get away with it after all these decades.  The Supreme Court has already ruled that if a county or state suddenly changes the rules and regulations regarding beach front property that lowers the value of that property, the owner is justified in being compensated for this loss.

A federal judge ruled last week that a federal agency’s actions to improve habitats for endangered species along the Missouri River exacerbated floods, causing damage to local farmers whose land was temporarily inundated. Although this was only the first part of a multiphase case, if the ruling is upheld it could undermine future river restoration efforts nationwide and stymie enforcement of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by forcing the government to pay damages to any landowner affected by environmental restoration activities.

“The implications of this ruling are huge,” says Brad Walker, who headed river restoration efforts for the Missouri Coalition for the Environment in St. Louis before retiring earlier this month. “It’s attacking the heart of the legitimacy and reason for doing river restoration.” If the ruling is upheld in the next phase of the case, which is anything but certain, “it would effectively kill the application of the Endangered Species Act,” says John Echeverria, an environmental lawyer at the Vermont Law School in South Royalton.
Music to my ears!!!

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