FWS renews review and potential delisting of the Bliss Rapids snail
73 Fed. Reg. 46868 (Tuesday, August 12, 2008)(DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR; Fish and Wildlife Service; 50 CFR Part 17; WS–R1–ES–2008–0073; 14420–1113–0000–C5 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Finding on a Petition To Remove the Bliss Rapids Snail (Taylorconcha serpenticola) From the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; Notice of Document Availability)
The Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation has actively sought the delisting of certain snails species. the Bliss Rapids snail, a species found primarily on rocky surfaces in riverine and coldwater spring habitats along a 65-mile stretch of the Snake River in southern Idaho. They can be locally abundant in springs and spring habitat, but when listed in 1992, the Bliss rapids snail was threatened by construction of new hydropower dams, the operation of existing hydropower dams, degraded water quality, water diversions, the introduced New Zealand mudsnail (Potamopyrgus antipodarum), and the lack of existing regulatory protections (57 FR 59244). Photo of unidentified snail species from Idaho Governor's Office.
SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of new information that may impact our status review for the Bliss Rapids snail (Taylorconcha serpenticola). This information has become available since the close of the comment period on our 90-day finding (72 FR 31250) on a petition to remove the Bliss Rapids snail from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife, pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). Interested members of the public are invited to submit comments on this new information as it applies to the listing status of the Bliss Rapids snail. DATES: To ensure consideration in the 12-month finding on this petition, comments and information should be submitted to us by August 27, 2008.
HISTORY: On December 26, 2006, we received a petition filed by the State of Idaho and the Idaho Power Company to remove the Bliss Rapids snail from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in accordance with the provisions of section 4 of the Act. On June 6, 2007, we published a substantial 90-day finding on the petition to remove the Bliss Rapids snail from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife (72 FR 31250), initiated a status review, and opened a 60-day public comment period. Subsequent to the public comment period, new information has become available that is relevant to our status review.