Threatened Species Status With Section 4(d) Rule for Neuse River Waterdog and Endangered Species Status for Carolina Madtom and Proposed Designations of Critical Habitat (Draft)
May. 24, 2019
USFWS, announced a 12-month finding on a petition to list two North Carolina species, the Neuse River waterdog (Necturus lewisi) and the Carolina madtom (Noturus furiosus), as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). After review of the best available scientific and commercial information, USFWS finds that listing both species is warranted. USFWS proposes to designate critical habitat for both species under the Act. In total, approximately 738 river miles (1,188 river kilometers) in 16 units in North Carolina fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation for the Neuse River waterdog. Approximately 257 river miles (414 river kilometers) in 7 units in North Carolina are being proposed as critical habitat for the Carolina madtom. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before July 22, 2019. POC: Pete Benjamin, Field Supervisor, USFWS, Raleigh Ecological Services Field Office, 551F Pylon Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606; tel: 919-856-4520. (Federal Register: 22 May 2019 [Proposed Rules] Pages 23644-23691).