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Harvel Dam
Credit: Alan Weaver, VA Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

Removal of dam in Virginia will benefit native fish

Work is underway on the Appomattox River in Virginia to remove the Harvell Dam, which will re-open 127 miles of upstream habitat for migratory fish. The project will enhance recreational boating and fishing, providing an estimated $68 million economic boost to the local area. The project is a collaborative effort of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, American Rivers, and the Harvell Dam Corporation.

News release

boat on water
Credit: USFWS

Service awards $16.6 million in grants to support recreational boating and clean water

Six states in the northeast will receive nearly $5.8 million to support recreational boating and clean water. The funds are provided under the Service’s Clean Vessel Act program through the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund. Nationally, a total of $16.6 million will be provided to 21states for projects that will benefit water, wildlife and people. The Clean Vessel Act helps keep coastal waters clean and safe by funding facilities for boaters to dispose of sewage and waste.

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Northern long-eared bat
Some populations of the northern long-eared bat in the Northeast have declined by 99 percent since symptoms of white-nose syndrome were first observed in 2006. Credit: USFWS

Comment period reopened for listing northern long-eared bat as endangered

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reopened the comment period for 60 days, through August 29, 2014, on a proposal to list the northern long-eared bat as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. The Service has also extended the agency’s deadline to April 2, 2015, to make its final decision on whether to list the species. The Service proposed to list the bat as endangered on October 2, 2013, citing white-nose syndrome, a disease that has killed millions of bats, as the greatest threat to the species.

News release

View from the shoreline at the Stella Niagara preserve. Credit: Western New York Land Conservancy

Partnership grant helps secure critical bird habitat in Western New York

The Service has announced the approval of nearly one million dollars in grants aimed at protecting, restoring and enhancing 908 acres of wetlands and wildlife habitat in the states of New York and Wisconsin under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and Joint Venture programs.  Of this total amount, $300,000 will go to the Western New York Land Conservancy to permanently protect a 29 acre parcel of land, creating the new Stella Niagara preserve on the Niagara River, the longest stretch of privately owned, undeveloped shoreline on the river. The project supports local land protection efforts and leverages funding to conserve the Great Lakes.

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Last updated: July 21, 2014