Monday, April 14, 2008

Happy Anniversary, TVA v. Hill

This week marks the 30th anniversary of one of the most famous environmental law cases in the US--TVA v. Hill. This case was the first time the Endangered Species Act was really tested--could a small fish from eastern Tennessee stop the construction of a $100 million dam? The answer was yes--for a little while.
This case has already been endlessly debated, and we're not likely to change anyone's minds now. Here at TNARI, we're happy that there are still snail darters around to study and conserve. They're a good reminder that we ought to be considering the impacts of our actions on all of biodiversity, not just the commercially important species.

If you'd like to read more about this, this Knoxville News article talks about the case and recent , or for a more legal angle, a Tennessee Bar Association article written by the attorney who argued the case on behalf of the fish.

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