Environmental groups ask county to renounce actions
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Last summer’s illegal bulldozing in New Mexico’s San Francisco River has been deemed in violation of the federal Clean Water Act, and the U.S. Forest also outlined how the action by county officials could lead to potential violations of Endangered Species Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Archeological Resources Protection Act, Native Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.
In trying to illegally assert local government rights on federal lands, the county also trespassed on private property along the river, according to landowners who documented the violation of their property.
This week, the Center for Biological Diversity and Western Environmental Law Center today demanded that Catron County commissioners officially denounce the county’s illegal bulldozing of the San Francisco River and formally abandon plans to do so in the future. The groups also want the county to discourage any further motorized use of the area to avoid harm to imperiled wildlife and the river. (more…)
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