Big battle over a little fish

snail darterMore than 30 years after arguing one of the nation’s most significant environmental law cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Boston College Law School Professor Zygmunt J. B.  Plater has published an account of the iconic story of the legal battle to save the endangered snail darter, the little fish that blocked completion of a Tennessee Valley Authority dam. Plater and his law students won the TVA v. Hill case—the U.S. Supreme Court’s first interpretation of the then new Endangered Species Act. In The Snail Darter and the Dam: How Pork-Barrel Politics Endangered a Little Fish and Killed a River, Plater separates fact from fiction in the story of a landmark case that he says has been mischaracterized by politicians and the media.
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