05 May '18, 11pm

Lawsuit Launched to Protect Critical Habitat for Freshwater Mussels in 18 States

For Immediate Release, May 2, 2018 Contact: Tierra Curry, (928) 522-3681, [email protected] Lawsuit Launched to Protect Critical Habitat for Freshwater Mussels in 18 States Four Species Need Clean Water in States Like Wisconsin, New York, Virginia WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect critical habitat for four endangered freshwater mussels found in 18 states in the East and Midwest. The mussels have declined by nearly 70 percent because of water pollution and dams, and remaining populations are at high risk of extinction. They were protected under the Endangered Species Act in 2012, but the Fish and Wildlife Service did not designate protected critical habitat for protection as required by law. “The health of freshwater mussels directly reflects river health, so prote...

Full article: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/20...

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