Protecting the Fish and Eating Them, Too: Impacts of the Endangered Species Act on Tribal Water Use

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Lester, Lauren. 2006. Protecting the Fish and Eating Them, Too: Impacts of the Endangered Species Act on Tribal Water Use. Tucson: Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy.

This book begins with a general overview of tribal water rights followed by a description of the Endangered Species Act, specifically those requirements imposed by the act that provide for the protection of habitat for listed species. Next is a discussion about the intersection of critical habitat designation and the development of consumptive water use on reservation lands. A case study of the critical habitat designation of the silvery minnow in the Middle Rio Grande River, New Mexico, illuminates the issue. Finally, the book provides an evaluation of tribal and agency recommendations regarding critical habitat designation in Indian Country, and sets out further recommendations for protecting both species habitat and tribal sovereignty.

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