Friday, June 1, 2012

CLF Joins Legal Fight for Native St. Croix Alewives

The Conservation Law Foundation on May 31, 2012 filed its formal complaint in U.S. District Court against the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) for failing to review a 2008 Maine law banning the migration of native alewives in the St. Croix River for compliance with the U.S. Clean Water Act.

CLF's filing of its formal court complaint comes immediately after the May 15, 2012 filing of Notice of Intent to do the same by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay, Douglas Watts and Kathleen McGee of Maine. Both legal actions come on the heels of a 2011 effort in U.S. District Court to have the St. Croix River alewife ban law overturned as unconstitutional, a case which was dismissed in lieu of the plaintiffs' present actions through the citizens' suit provision of the U.S. Clean Water Act.

AUDIO: Maine Public Radio News Story, May 31, 2012.

ISSUE EXPLAINER: Kennebec Reborn St. Croix Page.

RELATED LINKS: Maine Public Radio Story, May 16, 2012.
Bangor Daily News Story, May 15, 2012.
Quoddy Times News Story, May 25, 2012.

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