Federal court rejects state liability for take of endangered whooping cranes based on issuing water right permits

July 21, 2014 | By TONY FRANCOIS

In a recent decision, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held that Texas’ water rights permitting system did not result in illegal take of endangered whooping cranes merely because water was legally diverted from rivers that ultimately flow to one of the rare birds’ habitats on the Texas Gulf Coast. This is an important victory … ...