Tippets: Humpback Chub Moves from Endangered to Threatened, Potomac River Report Card, San Jose’s Steelhead Trout

  • After a species status assessment and a 5-year status review, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced it will relist the previously endangered humpback chub to a threatened classification. The review “concluded the current risk of extinction is low, such that the species is not in danger of extinction throughout all of its range.”
  • After decades of hard work, the Potomac River is rebounding from years of careless pollution. “For the first time in generations, we are within reach of enjoying a healthy, thriving Potomac River. A river clean enough for anglers to eat their catch and safe enough for children to wade in.” Read more in the “Potomac River Report Card” from The Potomac Conservancy.
  • Endangered steelhead trout are dying in Coyote Creek, which runs through San Jose, California. A coalition of environmentalists has filed a complaint with state water officials, contending that “the Santa Clara Valley Water District has not released enough water from its dams into the creeks that feed the Guadalupe, the main river that flows through downtown San Jose.” Via Mercury News.
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