Silvery Minnow Protection: WildEarth Guardians sues the US

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KSAT 12 News reports that WildEarth Guardians is suing the federal governmentOpens in a new tab. to protect the silvery minnow, an endangered species in the Rio Grande.

Record-low flows of the Rio Grande have reduced the seasonal flows of the Middle Rio Grande that provide habitat for the minnow.

The Petition for Review of Agency Action against the Bureau of Reclamation and the Fish and Wildlife Service can be viewed hereOpens in a new tab..

The PaperOpens in a new tab., an independent journal, writes:

The Rio Grande silvery minnow was listed as an endangered species under the delineation of the Endangered Species Act by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It is also listed as endangered under New Mexico state law. Once abundant throughout the Rio Grande, the silvery minnow is now confined to a short reach of the Middle Rio Grande River. The strong flows that spur spawning and shallow eddies that support the silvery minnow have all but disappeared.

Image and Credit:

Rio Grande silvery minnowOpens in a new tab. (Hybognathus amarus), via US Fish and Wildlife Service on Wikimedia Commons.


Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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December 2, 2022 12:32 pm
I remember being a kid and playing in the brook with the minnows and other little water residents. Feeling the little things wiggle between our fingers was fun. I never thought I would see a day when minnows would become endangered. Horribly sad.

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