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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

I am writing in support of Endangered Species Act protection for the Kentucky arrow darter. This unique species, found nowhere else on earth, has already disappeared from nearly half of its historical range -- 36 of 74 streams -- and surviving populations are at high risk. 44 percent of this loss has occurred only since the mid-1990s.

The darter is threatened by habitat loss from many activities including coal mining, logging, land development, and oil and gas development. It is also vulnerable to global climate change. The best available information clearly shows that the darter warrants federal protection.

Protecting the streams that the darter needs to survive will also protect other species and people in its watersheds. Please promptly finalize protection for the Kentucky arrow darter and for its critical habitat.

The darter makes up a special part of the natural heritage of eastern Kentucky, and I urge you to safeguard it for future generations.

Signed,

Sierra Club

This petition closed over 4 years ago

How this will help

The colorful little Kentucky arrow darter lives in Appalachia, where the coal industry has already destroyed an area the size of Delaware and is destroying the darter's only habitat through...

The colorful little Kentucky arrow darter lives in Appalachia, where the coal industry has already destroyed an area the size of Delaware and is destroying the darter's only habitat through mountaintop removal mining. The arrow darter was once found in 74 streams, but today it's only in 38. Nearly half of that loss happened in the last twenty years -- since mountaintop removal mining became widespread and polluted the water with metals and other contaminants. 

It's time we say enough is enough. We can't stand by and let the coal industry continue to destroy these beautiful landscapes, and the wildlife and communities that depend on this land and water for survival.Fortunately, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agrees that the arrow darter is in grave danger and they're considering protecting it under the Endangered Species Act. 

Your comment can save this unique fish from near-extinction and prevent more devastation from mountaintop removal mining.

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