Lawsuit Seeks Habitat Protection for Endangered Mussels
We sued the Trump administration this week for its failure to protect critical habitat for four endangered freshwater mussels living in 18 states, including New York, West Virginia, Arkansas and Pennsylvania.
Our lawsuit against the Fish and Wildlife Service notes that the biggest threats to the rayed bean, sheepnose, snuffbox and spectaclecase mussels are habitat loss and fragmentation caused by dams, development and bad water quality.
"Freshwater mussels need healthy rivers and streams to survive, but the Fish and Wildlife Service has failed to protect these waterways," said Rachael Curran, a Center attorney. "Safeguarding the places where mussels live also ensures clean water for the rest of us."
Read more in our press release.