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Good News for Endangered Species on Lower Mississippi River

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LeastTern_Tom-GreyTN.jpgWhat do a small fish-eating bird that nests on river sandbars, a four-foot dinosaur-like fish that can swim from Louisiana to Kentucky in a week, and a colorfully named mussel have in common? These three endangered species-the Interior Least Tern, the pallid sturgeon and the fat pocketbook mussel-will all benefit from recent changes in river engineering practices, which have been formalized in a landmark Conservation Management Plan for the Lower Mississippi River signed at the end of August by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


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