This article, quoting Nossaman Partner Paul Weiland, covers the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision in the Columbia River case (National Wildlife Federation v. National Maritime Fishery Service) which impacts the regulation of protected salmon and steelhead populations. Nossaman submitted an amicus brief in the case on behalf of firm client the National Association of Home Builders who were concerned about the decision's potential impact on future Endangered Species Act legal arguments.
In the article, Mr. Weiland explains that the court's decision, "ratchets up the requirements on the federal government and those within the regulatory purview of the act." The decision increases the standard for requirements of the Endangered Species Act, more must be done to help a species recover, and may also have an impact on how the federal government handles other situations involving listed species.