Save the Endangered Pallid Sturgeon
This is an appeal to save the endangered pallid sturgeon – an ancient 'dinosaur fish' that dates back 78 million years. But a century of dam building has led to habitat changes that may mean the end for these amazing fish It is estimated that only 125 wild-born pallid sturgeon remain in the Upper Missouri and Yellowstone rivers, and none have successfully reproduced in decades because they have been unable to access upstream breeding grounds.
Now, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation want to replace a small rock irrigation dam on the Yellowstone River with an even larger concrete dam and artificial fish bypass that they claim will allow the pallid sturgeon to make it upstream. But Montana fish biologists say it won't work.
The clear way to save the pallid sturgeon, restore the Yellowstone River and spend taxpayer dollars wisely is to remove the rock dam and deliver water to irrigators via pumps or other means. This is the only sure way to save this remaining pallid sturgeon population. It's a win-win for the fish, for irrigators and for all Americans who value healthy rivers.
Urge the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation to remove the Intake Dam on the Lower Yellowstone River and help save the pallid sturgeon.
Comments are due by Thursday, July 28th so please act now!