Public Comment Period Underway for Cumberland Darter Proposals

May 27, 2012

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released estimates on the economic impact of its designation for an endangered fish in southern Kentucky and northern Tennessee. Members of the public have through June 25th to comment on that analysis.

The Fish and Wildlife Service is recommending steps to help protect fifteen critical habitat units in McCreary and Whitley counties in southern Kentucky and Campbell and Scott Counties in northern Tennessee. This is part of an attempt to provide critical habitat for the Cumberland darter, thereby reducing the risk of the fish becoming extinct. Officials say the units include about 53 river miles.

The Fish and Wildlife Service says most of the costs would be borne by state and federal agencies, but some local governments and businesses could be impacted.

The economic analysis is available on line at the Federal Register website at,Docket#FWS-R4-ES-2011-0074 or by contacting the Fish and Wildlife Service office in Cookeville, Tennessee.