The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a district court decision that a U.S. Department of Interior (DOI ) environmental assessment (EA) prepared for a proposal to divert water annually from Lake Roosevelt in Washington did not violate NEPA. Ctr. for Envtl. Law & Policy v. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, No. 10-35646 (9th Cir. 8/19/11). The Center for Environmental Law and Policy and Columbia Riverkeeper sued DOI ’s Bureau of Reclamation, challenging the timeliness of its review under NEP A, and later amended the complaint to allege that the EA was “inadequate with respect to cumulative effects, indirect effects, and reasonable alternatives.” The district court granted summary judgment to the bureau, and plaintiffs appealed arguing that the EA (i) was conclusory about past projects, and (ii) failed to report the cumulative impact of a study on groundwater replacement and increasing the stream-flow for the fish population. The appeals court ruled that while the bureau’s EA was deficient in several respects, it did not violate NEP A. According to the court, the information that was lacking in some sections of the EA was stated in other sections. The court opined that it was not the court’s job to order the agency to reorganize the EA.