A legal battle involving California salmon and the Court of Appeals has broken in favor of the fish.
After months of activism and legal logistics, a lawsuit from the aptly named Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN) made its way back to the Marin County courts. There, a redraft of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) connected to a 2007 Marin Countywide Plan will be required, so as to fully determine the impact development may have on the area’s native coho and steelhead, says KCET.
West Marin remains undeveloped for the most part, but the 2007 plan called for a coming of age for the area, meant to bring construction and the subsequent modern amenities. What wasn’t considered, at least to the extend that pleased SPAWN, was the effect those changes would have on endangered coho salmon habitat.
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Two water bodies, Lagunitas and San Geronimo creeks, are some of the last natural salmon runs left in the state that aren’t supplemented by fish hatcheries.
Now the early development, along with climate change and drought, has diminished the creeks’ ability to sustain salmon.
What do you think of the development of wilderness areas known to be home to native species? How much consideration should be given while also balancing the need for modernization? Leave your thoughts below.