Texas "whooping crane case" might affect natural-resource planning

08/8/2013 | TexasTribune.org (Austin)

A lawsuit in Texas could have a significant impact on how state and local governments handle their natural-resource planning. The case, brought by environmental groups, focuses on Texas officials' failure to ensure the supply of water to land used by the world's only remaining wild flock of whooping cranes. If an appeals judge rules in favor of the activists, it would effectively make state-level agencies responsible for protecting federally designated endangered species.

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