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Federal judge's ruling favors whooping cranes habitat

March 11, 2013 at 10:02 p.m.
Updated March 11, 2013 at 10:12 p.m.


A federal court judge ruled Monday the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality violated a section of the Endangered Species Act through its water management practices, including not monitoring users to protect the whooping cranes.

Senior United States District Judge Janis Graham Jack issued a 124-page ruling Monday siding with The Aransas Project. The case was heard in December 2011.

On March 10, 2010, The Aransas Project filed a lawsuit alleging that the TCEQ failed to properly manage freshwater inflows into the San Antonio and Guadalupe bays during the 2008-09 winter. That, combined with the severe drought, made the whooping cranes' critical habitat too salty.

For the full report and reaction to the ruling, read Wednesday's Advocate.

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