Water Plan Draws Environmental Fire

LAS VEGAS (AP) - An environmental group says it may sue two
federal agencies over a series of water plans that it says imperil
an endangered fish and the desert tortoise.

The Center of Biological Diversity notified the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Land Management of its plans on
Tuesday. A spokesman says the group is hoping the agencies will
avoid a lawsuit by entering into talks.

At issue are plans to tap groundwater in the Kane Springs
Valley, Coyote Springs Valley and the Warm Springs area of the
Muddy River.

The group says the plans threaten the habitat of the Moapa
(mow-OP'-uh) Dace, an endangered fish, and the desert tortoise.

Phone calls to the BLM and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
were not immediately returned.

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