Human-made extinction of a small species, right here in Maryland

rockfish image from DNR

According to a recent article in the Bay Journal, “The Maryland darter, one of the rarest fish in the world, has been missing in action for 33 years. Now, it is headed to the extinction list.”

And what is the reason? “According to an evaluation by the [US Fish & Wildlife Service] USFWS, the largest factors are decreasing water quality from farm runoff and fluctuating water levels created by the nearby Conowingo Dam.”

It’s just a little fish but it deserves to live too. This is emblematic of how actions have consequences and what happens when you interfere with Nature. Read the whole sad story here.

–Elvia Thompson

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