Save the Cherokee darter from reckless highway construction!

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. 

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