Fri, 4 Apr 2003 07:26:28 EST

In case this wasn't already covered.

From "Grist" online newsletter:

Roughly 1,000 miles of rivers and streams in Alabama could be
protected as critical habitat for endangered species, under a new
proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The proposal, which
is designed to protect eight endangered and three threatened species
of mussels, was great news for environmentalists and bad news for
backers of dams, water diversions, dredging, and other projects that
threaten water quality. Alabama is one of the most biologically
diverse states in the country, thanks to its abundant aquatic life --
but it also leads the continental U.S. in extinctions. Mussels are
particularly susceptible to mass die-offs or extinctions from
pollution or sedimentation because they cannot move around in search
of more habitable waters. Industry leaders have not yet decided
whether they will try to fight the critical habitat plan.

straight to the source: Birmingham News, Katherine Bouma, 28 Mar 2003
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