Conservation Group Voluntarily Dismisses Harbor-Dredging Suit

A Georgia federal judge granted a conservation group’s notice of voluntary dismissal in a case challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to remove seasonal restrictions on hopper dredging in Brunswick Harbor, Georgia. The plaintiff conservation group, One Hundred Miles, originally alleged that the Corps’ decision would kill and injure federally threatened sea turtles and other sensitive species. However, the Corps now has committed to conducting a full analysis of the environmental impacts of year-round dredging, by preparing an environmental impact statement and banning dredging other than between December and March, pending the results of the analysis. Consequently, the plaintiffs decided to dismiss the case without prejudice.