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Action timeline

1992 – The Bonneville Chapter of the American Fisheries Society and the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance petitioned for Endangered Species Act protection for the Virgin River spinedace.

1994 – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to list the spinedace as threatened under the Act.

1995 – The Service proposed to designate 126 river miles of critical habitat to protect the spinedace.

1996 – After the development of the Virgin River Spinedace Conservation Agreement and Strategy, the Service withdrew the proposed listing and critical habitat.

2011 – The Center submitted comments opposing the Ash Creek Reservoir and Pipeline Project, which would destroy spinedace habitat in Ash Creek and decrease flows to the Virgin River.

November 20, 2012 – The Center petitioned for Endangered Species Act protection for the spinedace.

Photo by Ken Collins, USFWS