Environmentalists sue feds over fish protection
RENO, Nev. - Environmentalists have filed suit claiming the federal government is failing to protect the imperiled Moapa dace, a fish found only in Nevada's Moapa Valley Wildlife Refuge some 60 miles north of Las Vegas.
Center for Biological Diversity spokesman Rob Mrowka says Monday's lawsuit filed in Reno federal court challenges plans to suck water out of the upper Muddy River and its tributary springs in the refuge. The suit says the plan will drive the Moapa dace into extinction.
The Southern Nevada Water Authority and others want to conduct groundwater pumping tests in return for monitoring and management to protect Moapa dace.
The water authority says a recent census shows the dace population has increased in the past year and it may intervene in the lawsuit.
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