LOS ANGELES – A nonprofit conservation organization claims that a federal agency has failed to create a management plan for two bodies of water as required by law.  

Center for Biological Diversity filed a complaint on March 27 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service seeking declaratory and injunctive relief over alleged violations of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that the designated segments of rivers in California in 2009: Amargosa River, Owens Headwaters, Cottonwood Creek, Piru Creek, North Fork San Jacinto River, Fuller Mill Creek, Palm Canyon Creek and or Bautista Creek. It alleges that under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is to prepare management plans. The plaintiff alleges the plans have not been prepared for the segments of the Amargosa River or the Cottonwood Creek in violation of the Act.

The plaintiff seeks judgment against the defendants for declaratory and injunctive relief, order the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to prepare management plans, costs of litigation, attorneys’ fees and costs, and additional relief as the court may deem proper. It is represented by Lisa T. Belenky and Justine Augustine of Center for Biological Diversity in Oakland.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 18-cv-02448

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