The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

April 3, 2013

Service estimates economic impacts of designation for West Virginia fish

— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has analyzed the economic impacts of designating “critical habitat” under the Endangered Species Act for the diamond darter.

The agency recently released a draft economic analysis concluding that costs related to the proposed critical habitat for the diamond darter would be narrow and mostly administrative. Additionally, the designation would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities, such as county governments, small businesses and organizations.

In July 2012, the Service proposed the darter be protected as endangered under the Endangered Species Act and that a total of 123 river miles be established as critical habitat in West Virginia and Kentucky.

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