U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service begins removal of Cambalache Dam to aid conservation of Río Grande de Arecibo
March 20, 2019 | 2 minute read
Arecibo, Puerto Rico — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service), along with the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (PRDNER) and other partners, today began the removal of the Cambalache Dam. The removal of the low-rise dam will connect and restore 25 kilometers of riverine habitat to a more natural state, as well as provide fish and other aquatic species with a healthier, free-flowing stream. It will also rid the river of a safety hazard, decrease erosion and boost recreational opportunities upstream of Arecibo. Read the full story...
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes Endangered Species Act protection for “little devil” Caribbean seabird
October 5, 2018 | 4 minute read
The future is uncertain for the black-capped petrel, a seabird that breeds in remote mountains on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola and forages in open ocean waters up the U.S. Eastern Seaboard as far north as off the coast of Virginia. After reviewing the best available scientific and commercial data in a peer-reviewed species status assessment (SSA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined the petrel is a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), meaning it is likely to become endangered within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range. Read the full story...
El Servicio Federal de Pesca y Vida Silvestre anuncia la disponibilidad del borrador de la Evaluación Ambiental para la remoción parcial y/o modificación de la represa Cambalache ubicada en el Río Grande de Arecibo, Puerto Rico
September 27, 2018 | 4 minute read
El Servicio Federal de Pesca y Vida Silvestre del Gobierno de los Estados Unidos (USFWS, por sus siglas en inglés) anuncia la disponibilidad del borrador de la Evaluación Ambiental (EA) para la remoción parcial y/o modificación de la represa Cambalache ubicada dentro de la cuenca del Río Grande de Arecibo (RGA) en el municipio de Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Este borrador de la EA se preparó como un requisito de la Ley de Política Ambiental Nacional (NEPA, por sus siglas en inglés) e incluye información de la acción propuesta para la remoción parcial/modificación de la represa existente. Read the full story...
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment for the Cambalache dam partial removal and/or modification located within the Río Grande de Arecibo in Puerto Rico
September 27, 2018 | 3 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announces the availability for public comments of the draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Cambalache dam partial removal and/or modification located within the Río Grande de Arecibo (RGA) watershed in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. This draft EA has been prepared as a requisite of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and includes information of the proposed action for the partial removal/modification of the existing low-head dam. Read the full story...
July 6, 2018 | 2 minute read
“Kee, kee,” a male coquí llanero softly sings from dusk to dawn in a Puerto Rican wetland. Hearing its high-pitched call is rare because the tiny frog is only found in one freshwater wetland in the municipality of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has prepared a draft recovery plan outlining actions to save this dime-sized frog, which has been federally listed as endangered since October 2012. Read the full story...
May 7, 2018 | 5 minute read
As part of the process mandated by the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct five-year status reviews of 35 endangered or threatened fish, wildlife, and plants. These species are found in the Southeastern United States and Puerto Rico. The public is invited to provide information and comments concerning these species on or before July 6, 2018. These five-year reviews will ensure listing classifications under the ESA are accurate and recommend changes in status where appropriate based on the latest science and analysis. Read the full story...
An endangered species recovery success story: Service proposes delisting Monito gecko following conservation collaboration
January 9, 2018 | 6 minute read
Bombs and artillery shells rained down on them for years, but they survived. Non-native rats preyed on them, but they endured. The Monito gecko is one resilient little lizard. Monito Island off the western coast of Puerto Rico. Map by Roy Hewitt, USFWS. Living only on one small chunk of rock in the Caribbean Sea, the gecko has weathered adversity and is now so abundant, the U. Read the full story...