In the mountains of eastern Kentucky, an unexpectedly beautiful fish needs you to speak up for its protection.
The Kentucky arrow darter lives in small Appalachian streams under high threat from surface coal mining, and Big Coal doesn't want to see this little fish gain an ounce of protection, lest it disrupt business as usual.
The darter has already been completely lost from 36 of 74 known sites, with 16 extirpations having taken place since the mid-1990s as mountaintop-removal coal mining expanded. The pollution that's killing these fish also continues to plague the people who live downstream.
Urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to finalize Endangered Species Act protection for the Kentucky arrow darter. You can help protect this fish from extinction and restore clean water to a region gripped by coal.
November 27, 2015 Action Alert ID# 304
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