April 4, 2008

Montana: Temperatures Rise, Rivers Fall, Fish Suffer

Filed under: USA — omeganews @ 7:30 am

Montana: Temperatures Rise, Rivers Fall, Fish SufferAs the climate in the West gets warmer and drier–even more quickly than in other parts of the country–the Montana fluvial Arctic grayling is shouldering much of the burden. Montana’s most imperiled fish, whose numbers have dropped to between five to 15 per mile, has fallen victim to the war for water as river diversions and agricultural dewatering have altered and drained its last remaining refuge: Montana’s Big Hole River. If the fish is to survive the dangerous water-temperature increases and critically low river levels caused by global warming, its habitat needs to be improved–and the fish must be protected.

After the government refused to protect the grayling under the Endangered Species Act last year, the Center for Biological Diversity filed suit.

Read more about it in the New York Times.

From: Endangered Earth, No. 403

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