On behalf of the Friends of the Shasta River and Environmental Protection Information Center, the Western Environmental Law Center notified the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of the groups’ intent to challenge its flawed Shasta River ‘safe harbor’ program in federal court. The NMFS safe harbor program provides legal immunity for harming protected species in exchange for stewardship practices on private land.

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A Safe Harbor Agreement is intended to protect endangered species…but the SHA currently underway on the Shasta River is deeply flawed and is a giveaway of public funds to a handful of landowners in exchange for minimal habitat improvements for the endangered species.

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