A Purposeful Partnership
Guardians has joined with Waterkeeper Alliance to protect
and restore the Rio Grande from its headwaters in the San Juan Mountains of
Colorado to the Chihuahuan desert of southern New Mexico. Jen Pelz, Guardians’
wild rivers program director, is the newly appointed Rio Grande Waterkeeper.
The program envisions returning the pulse to this fading river, removing
physical and legal obstacles, and reallocating flows back to the river to
support its dynamic nature. To learn more about Rio Grande Waterkeeper, check out our new website at www.riograndewaterkeeper.org or like our page on Facebook.
Justice Achieved for Imperiled Wildlife
In response to a Guardians’ lawsuit, a federal judge eviscerated
the “McKittrick Policy,” holding “Congress placed the burden to know the
identity of the wildlife species being killed on the killer.” The policy had
crippled prosecutions of those who kill animals protected by the Endangered
Species Act by requiring that the government prove killers knew what species
they were killing. The decision means killers of imperiled animals like Mexican
wolves can again be punished for their crimes.
Zinke Recommends Shrinking Bears Ears
Interior Secretary Zinke has issued a recommendation to
President Trump to significantly reduce the size of the Bears Ears National
Monument. Despite overwhelming opposition to revoking or shrinking Bears Ears,
Zinke claims the Bears Ears is illegal. It’s clear that under the Trump administration, industry
profits will take clear priority over natural and cultural resource protection.
Groups Unite for Transparency Under Trump
Guardians and the Western Environmental Law Center stepped
up our efforts to compel the Trump administration to publicly release
government records concerning the killing of western wildlife and the oversight
of fossil fuel companies. In a series of legal actions, we moved to require
several agencies to release records we’re seeking under the Freedom of
Information Act, including records on federal wildlife-killing program Wildlife
Services and fossil fuel extraction on public lands.
Slider Photo credits: Rio Grande Waterkeeper Logo-Craig Pelz, Rio Grande Gorge-Adriel Heisey, coal-WildEarth Guardians, sage grouse—Bridgeport, USFWS. bobcat—dollarphoto. Thumbprint photos: River—Adriel Heisey. Mexican wolf—John Iwanski, Creative Commons, Flickr. Valley of the Gods, Bears Ears—BLM, Flickr. The White House—Lawrence Freytag iStock.
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