Rocks, Rights, and the Riverbank

Judge's criticism that Corps of Engineers neglected to study cumulative impacts of individual projects could have national implications.

September 22, 2000, 7:00 AM PDT

By Abhijeet Chavan @

Landowners have been using boulders to prevent erosion along large stretches of the Yellowstone River. A federal judge ruled that the Corps of Engineers neglected to study cumulative impacts of individual projects and fell short of its legal duty. This ruling could have national impactnow that "the Corps has been officially reminded that too many no-big-deal projects can become a big deal, that they can nickel-and-dime an ecosystem to death."

Thanks to Abhijeet Chavan

Thursday, September 21, 2000 in The Washington Post

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