Whooping crane case won’t be heard by Supreme Court

Whooping crane family at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
Whooping Cranes at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition to hear the case brought before the court by The Aransas Project, (TAP). Although the TAP case will not be heard, Friends of the Wild Whoopers is disappointed but does not feel that TAP’s efforts were a loss. Since TAP filed their first lawsuit in 2010, up through today, this case has made the public aware of how important fresh water is for the estuaries, bays, and our beloved wild Whooping Cranes. The public paid close attention to how the water flows were controlled and who controlled it. Now that the legal options for TAP have come to a close, FOTWW and the pubic will be keeping a close watchful eye on those who control the fresh water flows to ensure that our beloved Whooping Cranes and the citizens downstream will always have enough fresh water to make a living and survive.

US Supreme Court won’t hear case on whoopers

By Sara Sneath of the Victoria Advocate

The U.S. Supreme Court will not weigh in on a Texas agency’s role in the death of 23 whooping cranes.

The high court denied a petition Monday to review the case brought against the state environmental agency by The Aransas Project, a group of concerned citizens, businesses and municipalities that advocate for responsible water management of the Guadalupe River Basin. The group maintains that by allocating too much water from the Guadalupe River, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality did not allow enough freshwater to reach the bay, where the only wild flock of whooping cranes winter.

To read Sara Sneath’s article in its entirety, click here.

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