The recent ruling by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals does not hold the state of Texas responsible for the fate of whooping cranes in the San Antonio Bay system. The court ruled the state could not have foreseen that by not releasing sufficient freshwater to the bays, whooping cranes would be negatively impacted and die. But if the state of Texas was not aware that severely reducing the amount of freshwater to the bays would harm whooping cranes and degrade the estuary system, it should be aware of it now. As Texans, we should insist the state take that responsibility seriously moving forward.
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