October 17, 1997 – The National Marine Fisheries Service listed southern steelhead as an endangered species, but arbitrarily excluded from the listing any steelhead found south of Malibu Creek, Los Angeles County, and upstream of several dams. The Service ignored its duty to designate critical habitat.
2000 – The Center and a coalition of fishing and environmental groups filed a lawsuit over the inadequate listing of the steelhead and failure to designate critical habitat.
May 1, 2002 – After steelhead were discovered in San Mateo Creek in 2002 and the Center threatened a second lawsuit, the Fisheries Service extended the steelhead’s endangered listing into Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties. Critical habitat protections were withdrawn when the Bush administration refused to defend the Service against a lawsuit brought by the National Association of Home Builders.
2004 – The Fisheries Service agreed to consider re-establishing the habitat protections after a lawsuit by a coalition of environmental and fishing groups, including the Center.
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