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Lawsuit Filed to Protect Smith River From Destructive Caltrans Highway-widening Project
Center for Biological Diversity
CRESCENT CITY, Calif.— Conservation groups filed a federal lawsuit (see PDF) on September 23 challenging a California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) highway-widening project that threatens endangered salmon runs, ancient redwoods and public safety along the wild and scenic Smith River Canyon in California’s remote Del Norte County. Caltrans approved a project to widen narrow sections of highways 197 and 199 to provide access for oversized trucks without adequate review of the impacts. The groups had filed suit in state court in May for inadequate environmental review under state laws.

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