The Fall X2 Action is an action in the Reasonable and Prudent Alternative identified in the 2008 U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biological opinion regarding the effects of the long-term operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project on the delta smelt. In the August 23, 2012 order, the Ninth Circuit held: "Because the implementation period for the Fall X2 Action has passed, any challenge to the district court's injunction is moot."
As a result of the order, the scheduled oral argument for the two Delta Smelt Consolidated Cases appeals will no longer include oral argument on the propriety of the district court's August 31, 2011 decision that enjoined the federal government from implementing the Fall X2 Action, which, absent the injunction, would have restricted California's water supply by hundreds of thousands of acre feet.
- Oral Argument Scheduled for Ninth CircuitAppeals in the Delta Smelt Consolidated Cases
- Federal District Court Enjoins Water Supply Restrictions Under Delta Smelt Biological Opinion