Integrating Esa Goals into a Larger Context: The Lesson of Animas-La Plata

Posted: 22 Jan 2002

See all articles by David J. Hayes

David J. Hayes

Latham & Watkins - Washington, D.C. Office


The process by which the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service examines whether proposed federal projects satisfy the Endangered Species Act gives the Service considerable power to influence proposed projects. Using the Animas La Plata water project as a case study, however, Hannah Gosnell has suggested that the Fish & Wildlife Service's institutional limitations reduce its ability to shape federal projects to conform with species protection needs. This author disagrees. The Fish and Wildlife Service can have a profound impact on federal projects through the Section 7 consultation process by identifying issues and species needs that can trigger a serious review of project alternatives. In the case of Animas-La Plata, the Service's 1991 biological review led to a complete reexamination of the proposed project and a fundamental alteration of the nature and scope of the project in a way that satisfied the Endangered Species Act and other policy imperatives.

Suggested Citation

Hayes, David J., Integrating Esa Goals into a Larger Context: The Lesson of Animas-La Plata. Natural Resources Journal, Vol. 41, No. 3, Summer 2001. Available at SSRN:

David J. Hayes (Contact Author)

Latham & Watkins - Washington, D.C. Office ( email )

555 - 11th Street, N.W.
Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20004-1304
United States
(202) 637-2204 (Phone)
(202) 637-2201 (Fax)

Register to save articles to
your library


Paper statistics

Abstract Views
PlumX Metrics