The Cherokee darter can be found nowhere in the world but in the Etowah river basin near Rome, Georgia. Its rarity guarantees the Cherokee darter a place on the Endangered Species List.
But that isn't stopping Georgia's Department of Transportation from building a 6.5 mile highway connector right through the darter's habitat, despite outcries from scientists like Tony Greco.
A marine biologist, Greco recently told the Rome News Tribune that construction of the connector would wipe out the darter throughout the Pettit and Nancy Creek watersheds.
Save the darter--demand that Rome stop construction of the highway today!
We the undersigned are appalled that you would make a highway connector a higher priority that the survival of an entire fish species. Reckless development of new highways simply perpetuates America's reliance on cars and fossil fuels and contributes to a global warming problem that puts our future at risk. New highways do not ultimately solve the problem of traffic congestion. We need mass transit and low-impact solutions: more trains and bike paths and sidewalks. That should be your commission. Cancel your plans for the US 411 connector.