Tiny threatened fish may prompt more stream restorations

Everyone knows Lancaster County’s dirt- and fertilizer-laden streams have become ground zero for Pennsylvania’s lagging commitments to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.

Now the discovery of 4-inch-long threatened fish in a southern Lancaster County stream may lead to more streams being restored.

The Chesapeake logperch, a tiny and colorful fish in the darter family, recognized as a separate species only seven years ago, is a candidate for listing under the federal Endangered Species Act.

Both state and federal agencies want to avoid that because it would mean restrictions on water projects, cleanup or otherwise.

So expect upcoming stream work as part of the bay cleanup in the lower part of Lancaster County to be tailored to making the fish feel right at home.

LINK (via: Lancaster Online)

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