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Frequently Asked Questions: Endangered Fish

Title

Endangered Fish 

Program Area

Environment 

Specific Program

Endangered Species 

CWCB Section

Interstate & Federal 

Question

Why do we bother with trying to save those 4 ugly endangered fish in the Colorado? You can't even eat them! And we're spending millions...why?

Answer

Congress passed the Endangered Species Act in 1973 in an effort to reduce the number of species of fish, wildlife and plants that were becoming extinct or threaten with extinction as a result of untempered economic growth and development. Conservation of plants and animals is important and indicative of the health of the natural environment. Absent efforts to conserve these species the Federal government can impose a number of conditions on future growth and development in critical habitat areas, which in turn could greatly limit the economic health of that area. Many species serve important functions such as the canary in a coal mine that warned of bad air conditions.
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Created at 6/26/2010 9:36 AM  by System Account 
Last modified at 7/1/2010 9:28 AM  by System Account