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Struggle to save endangered Santa Ana sucker may reach US Supreme Court


SANTA ANA, California — A two-decade fight over increasing habitat for a threatened fish in Southern California could be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Los Angeles Times reports Monday (http://lat.ms/1fAwk8z ) that two cities and 10 water agencies will petition the high court to halt a plan to try to save the Santa Ana sucker by designating a critical habitat on the Santa Ana River.

They argue that that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's plan, upheld last month by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, unfairly imposes restrictions on water conservation, groundwater recharge and flood control operations that affect more than a million residents.

Environmentalists contend the area must be protected so that seasonal ebbs and flows can move gravel to downstream spawning grounds for the algae-eating fish.

Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/

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