Bluewater Network v. Kempthorne, 721 F. Supp. 2d 7 (D.D.C. 2010)
Bluewater Network v. Mainella, Civ. No. 00-2093 (D.D.C.)

Case Summary:

We represented the Bluewater Network and other groups in a challenge to the Park Service's decision to continue to allow personal watercraft, or jet skis, in many National Park units. In a Settlement Agreement, the government agreed to disallow jet skis in any national park unit unless the agency first considers full scientific and public comment. We subsequently represented Bluewater Network in defense of several challenges to PWC closures at particular parks, which were upheld.  We also challenged the Park Service’s decision to allow jet skis to be reintroduced into two national parks – Gulf Islands National Seashore and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The district court ruled that the decision to allow jet skis in these parks is inconsistent with the Park Service Organic Act and NEPA, and remanded the decisions back to the agency.  Bluewater Network v. Kempthorne, 721 F. Supp. 2d 7 (D.D.C. 2010)

Plaintiffs: Bluewater Network, Friends of the Earth, Wilderness Society, and an individual.

Court: United States District Court for the District of Columbia