Back from the Dead - and at Risk Again

October 2005
EnviroAction Newsletter;Oct2005, Vol. 23 Issue 8, p2
This article reports that the U.S. National Wildlife Federation and Arkansas Wildlife Federation have filed a lawsuit to stop the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to drain wild wetlands in the forests of Arkansas, with the assistance of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). The Corps began construction of the $319 million Grand Prairie Irrigation Project in early 2005. Despite ample scientific evidence that the project would alter the woodpecker's habitat, the Corps took less than a month to decide that the project would do no harm to the bird, and FWS agreed with them. Construction of a Grand Prairie pumping station about 20 miles from where the bird was sighted continued without interruption. The Federations' legal action asks the court to protect the back-from-the-dead bird in three ways: To vacate the agency findings that the project poses no risk to the ivorybill, to order a formal Endangered Species Act consultation and an environmental assessment on the project, and to enjoin the Corps from further construction on the pumping station until the required consultations and analyses are completed.


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