Salt Lake City, Utah
Released On: January 27, 2003
On September 12, 2002, Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were directed by District Court Judge Parker to carry out a two-track consultation on 2002-2003 and out-year water operations impacting the endangered Rio Grande silvery minnow. One track of the consultation was to consider all of the discretion over water deliveries as determined by Judge Parker. The other track was to consider only the discretion over water deliveries as considered by Reclamation prior to Judge Parker's orders. The issue of discretion as outlined in Judge Parker's opinion was appealed to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. These two scenarios should cover any level of discretion that falls between as may be determined by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. The draft BA contains an Appendix B that outlines options that Department of the Interior Secretary Norton may consider, in conjunction with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals' decision anticipated to be issued prior to March 1, 2003, when deciding water operations for 2003.
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