Lawsuit Filed to Save Three Freshwater Species From Extinction in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to protect three of the Southeast’s aquatic species under the Endangered Species Act. The Center petitioned for protection for the animals in 2010, but five years later the Service still has not issued the legally required decision on their protection. The trispot darter, sickle darter and yellow lance mussel are at risk of extinction due primarily to water pollution and dams.