Ark. congressional delegation opposes mussel plan - KATV - Breaking News, Weather and Razorback Sports

Ark. congressional delegation opposes mussel plan

Posted: Updated:

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Members of Arkansas' congressional delegation want federal wildlife officials to reduce the size of a "critical habitat" area for two types of rare mussels.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last Sept. 17 proposed the designation along 769 miles of streams, saying the mussels are indicators of water quality. Listing the Neosho mucket as endangered and the rabbitsfoot mussel as threatened makes it illegal to kill, harm, harvest or possess them.

The state's senators and four congressmen say 42 percent of Arkansas' surface area could be impacted by new regulations. On Friday, they said the "critical habitat" designation was flawed and asked that the size of the area be reduced.

The Fish and Wildlife Service says the mussels' habitat is being threatened by channelization, chemicals, mining and sedimentation.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • UPDATE: Russellville woman found

    UPDATE: Russellville woman found

    Saturday, August 30 2014 4:14 PM EDT2014-08-30 20:14:40 GMT
    A Russellville woman previously reported "missing and endangered" has been found.More >>
    A Russellville woman previously reported "missing and endangered" has been found.
    More >>
  • Fatal accident ties up traffic on 67/167

    Fatal accident ties up traffic on 67/167

    Friday, August 29 2014 6:17 PM EDT2014-08-29 22:17:20 GMT
    The Pulaski County Coroner confirms one person has died after an accident on Arkansas Highway 67/167.More >>
    The Pulaski County Coroner confirms one person has died after an accident on Arkansas Highway 67/167.More >>
  • Metro Radar

    Metro Radar