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The Big Sandy crayfish lives in just four places across in the Big Sandy River of Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky. The Guyandotte River crayfish survives at only one area of West Virginia's Guyandotte River! They're out of sight and out of mind, but that doesn't mean they're not important.

Their tiny handful of havens is under attack from mine waste, erosion, and pollution and now these two bedrocks of river life are threatened with extinction.

Healthy rivers need all kinds of wildlife to sustain them. Knocking these crayfish out of the food chain could have devastating consequences -- not to mention the fact that the mine waste that's toxic to crayfish is just as toxic to other wildlife... and even humans.

You can protect these vital habitats from more destruction by sending your message to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Take action now!

Photo credit: Bill Gillette.
The Big Sandy and Guyandotte crayfish are similar in appearance to this vintage photo from the EPA archives.

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