Updates from March, 2010

TEXAS OBSERVER

Whooping Cranes Rock the System

March 30th, 2010 | TAP In The News

On occasion, the rickety edifice of Texas water law is shaken to its core. Such a moment came yesterday when The Aransas Project – a consortium of businesses, citizens and conservation groups – filed suit in federal court in Corpus Christi, contending that the state […]

Filed in: Coastal Ecosystems, Guadalupe Basin Water Management, TAP Progress, Whooping Cranes

ROCKPORT PILOT

Suit filed to protect whooper’s habitat

March 30th, 2010 | TAP In The News

The Aransas Project (TAP) has filed a federal lawsuit against several officials of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) in their official capacities for illegal harm and harassment of whooping cranes at and adjacent to Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in violation of the Endangered […]

Filed in: Coastal Ecosystems, Guadalupe Basin Water Management, TAP Progress, Whooping Cranes

VICTORIA ADVOCATE

Whoopers work to survive

March 30th, 2010 | Related Press

The whooping crane has been a symbol of Texans’ love of the wild for many years. This magnificent bird nearly vanished from the earth during the 1930s and ’40s. But, due to good fortune and much hard work by Texans and Canadians, the whooping crane […]

Filed in: Coastal Ecosystems, Guadalupe Basin Water Management, Whooping Cranes

HOUSTON CHRONICLE

Just add water: Texas environmental agency must do more to protect whooping crane refuge ecology

March 30th, 2010 | TAP In The News

Pulling the whooping crane back from the brink of extinction has been one of the premier environmental success stories of the last half century. During their winter stay at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge the statuesque, red-crowned birds attract thousands of admiring birders to the […]

Filed in: Coastal Ecosystems, Guadalupe Basin Water Management, TAP Progress, Whooping Cranes

ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Plucky Whooping Crane Gives Wildlife Experts Hope

March 17th, 2010 | TAP In The News

ARANSAS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Texas (AP) — After the poisonous snake slithered into the whooping crane family’s marshy grounds and sank its fangs into the chick’s neck, death seemed certain. The bird’s head quickly turned red and swelled to the size of a basketball. He […]

Filed in: Coastal Ecosystems, Guadalupe Basin Water Management, TAP Progress, Whooping Cranes

SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS

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End arrogance in water policy

March 15th, 2010 | TAP In The News

It’s hard to ignore 57 dead birds. That’s how many endangered whooping cranes died in the drought-stricken 2008-2009 winter season. It’s even harder to say their deaths aren’t worth re-thinking how we consume water. Yet that’s the line Texas is drawing in the sand with […]

Filed in: Coastal Ecosystems, Guadalupe Basin Water Management, TAP Progress, Whooping Cranes

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

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Texans Fight Over Birds, Water Rights

March 12th, 2010 | TAP In The News

DALLAS—A coalition of environmentalists, bird lovers and Gulf Coast municipalities sued Texas regulators in federal court this past week, accusing them of mismanaging waters necessary for the survival of the biggest flock of endangered whooping cranes, which migrate to South Texas every winter. The group, […]

Filed in: Coastal Ecosystems, Guadalupe Basin Water Management, TAP Progress, Whooping Cranes

THE TEXAS TRIBUNE

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The Big Whoop

March 12th, 2010 | Related Press

Since the 1940s, the whooping crane has climbed from a population of just 16 to become a triumphant token of North American conservation efforts. Now the bird is the focus of a lawsuit that pits the environmental movement’s mightiest weapon, the Endangered Species Act, against […]

Filed in: Coastal Ecosystems, Guadalupe Basin Water Management, TAP Progress, Whooping Cranes

CORPUS CHRISTI CALLER-TIMES

Conservation group files a federal lawsuit urging river usage restrictions

March 11th, 2010 | TAP In The News

ARANSAS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE — Record deaths of Aransas County’s prized whooping cranes last year led to a conservation group’s federal lawsuit Thursday alleging that heavy Guadalupe River usage is killing the endangered birds. The Aransas Project, an alliance of citizens, organizations, businesses and governmental […]

Filed in: Coastal Ecosystems, Guadalupe Basin Water Management, TAP Progress, Whooping Cranes

SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS

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Group sues state over whooping crane deaths

March 11th, 2010 | TAP In The News

A conservation group filed a federal lawsuit Thursday in Corpus Christi claiming management of the Guadalupe River by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has led to the deaths of whooping cranes. Because the 5-foot-tall birds are endangered and federally protected, the Aransas Project is […]

Filed in: Coastal Ecosystems, Guadalupe Basin Water Management, TAP Progress, Whooping Cranes