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Confronting Climate Denial

Guardians took aim at President Trump’s climate denials last month and called on a federal court to overturn a massive coal mine expansion in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming. In an opening brief, we challenged the administration’s attempts to eliminate climate reports and roll back policies to limit carbon emissions. The brief is part of an ongoing lawsuit over expanded mining at Arch Coal’s Black Thunder mine, one of the largest coal mines in the world.

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Settlement Protects Clean Water

We reached agreement this month settling years of litigation associated with the General Chemical site along the South Platte River in Denver. The accord resolves a Clean Water Act lawsuit we filed to ensure that pollutants on and under the former chemical manufacturing and mining site aren’t threatening public health or the environment. The settlement triggers monitoring of ground and surface water onsite and directs a half-million dollars to enhance water quality in the river through the redesign of a park to benefit river health and underserved communities.

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Victory for Lobos

In response to our—and allies’— emergency appeal, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court’s ruling that blocked releases of critically imperiled Mexican wolves into New Mexico. The decision allows vital recovery efforts to proceed and is a clear rebuke of the state’s attempts to undermine lobo restoration. The ruling sends a clear message that anti-carnivore political interests will not be allowed to hamper recovery efforts for this endangered species.

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Beavers Return

Beavers haven’t wasted any time using the native streamside vegetation that our restoration crew and volunteers planted from 2012 to 2014 in the Valles Caldera National Preserve, New Mexico. Last fall we documented the first beaver dam using the willows we planted along San Antonio Creek. Over the winter, the beavers created a lodge and used nearly all the willow whips, cottonwoods and alders we planted along 1.3 miles of the creek. Witnessing the power of wildlife to recover is our ultimate reward.

Slider Photo credits: Bears Ears—WildEarth Guardians. San Juan Generating Station and coal—WildEarth Guardians. wolf—Oregon Department Fish and Wildlife. sage grouse—Bridgeport, USFWS. bobcat—Erich Brock. Thumbprint photos: coal=climate change—WildEarth Guardians. Platte River—WildEarth Guardians. Mexican wolves—Mexican wolf Iteragency Field Team. beavers in VCNP—WildEarth Guardians.

 

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