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Eric Prowell, hydrologist, talks to a group about the endangered and threatened darter fish that live in the Etowah River Basin. Photo by Stacy Shelton, USFWS.

Informational meetings on the Etowah Aquatic Habitat Conservation Plan

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is hosting two informational meetings in August on the Etowah Aquatic Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP).

Thirteen local governments, including Bartow, Cherokee, Paulding and Pickens counties, submitted the conservation plan to the FWS to facilitate development while protecting three fish species, the federally endangered Etowah and amber darters and the threatened Cherokee darter. The plan is available for public comment through August 31.

Both public meetings will start with a one-hour poster session where attendees can learn more about the plan and ask questions. The FWS will then give a presentation on the plan and provide an opportunity for attendees to make comments. The meetings will begin at 5 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m.

Since the meetings are not formal hearings, any comments made will need to be provided in writing to the FWS for consideration of the local governments applications for incidental take permits under the Etowah Aquatic HCP.

August 4, 2009

  • Cartersville Public Library
  • 429 West Main Street
  • Cartersville, GA 30120
  • 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

August 11, 2009

  • R.T. Jones Memorial Library
  • 116 Brown Industrial Parkway
  • Canton, GA 30114
  • 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

For more information on the Etowah HCP, go to In addition, a July 7 news release on this topic is attached. Comments on the HCP may be mailed to the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Regional Office at 1875 Century Blvd., Suite 200, Atlanta, GA 30345, or e-mailed to


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