Southeastern Fishes Council
Dedicated to the Conservation of Southeastern Fishes


Conasauga River Landfill
Whereas the Southeastern Fishes Council is dedicated to the preservation of southeastern fishes,

Whereas a proposed landfill in southern Bradley County, Tennessee, would drain into Mill Creek and thence into the Conasauga River,

Whereas Mill Creek contains one of only two known spawning sites for the trispot darter (Etheostoma trisella),

Whereas the adjacent Conasauga River contains a high concentration of additional protected fishes (Endangered species Percina antesella and P. jenkinsi; proposed Threatened species Cyprinella caerulea; and state of Tennessee and/or state of Georgia listed species Ichthyomyzon gagei, Hybopsis lineapunctata, Moxostoma carinatum, Noturus munitus, Etheostoma brevirostrum, E. ditrema, E. jordani, and Percina lenticula),

Whereas the adjacent Conasauga River is known to contain, or potentially contain, the federally proposed Endangered mussel species Epioblasma metastriata, E. othacaloogensis, Medionidus parvulum, Pleurobema decisum, P. georgianum, and Ptychobranchus greeni; and the federally proposed threatened mussel species Medionidus acutissimus; and the federal candidate dragonfly species Gomphus consanguis and Gomphus incurvatus alleghaniensis,

Whereas the Conasauga River represents the most pristine and unaltered remnant of the Mobile Basin, which otherwise has been drastically altered by impoundments, pollution, and rechanneling projects.

Therefore Be It Resolved that the Southeastern Fishes Council feels that locating a landfill in an area where drainage from that landfill could have disastrous impacts on an aquatic community containing one of the highest concentrations of jeopardized species in eastern North America would be very unwise, and would show blatant disregard for the provisions and intent of the Endangered Species Act.