Meltwater Stonefly “Warranted But Precluded” For ESA Protection

Meltwater Stonefly (Lednia tumana)

The Meltwater Stonefly, an aquatic insect scientists consider can be “ideal early warning indicators of climate warming in mountain ecosystems” is the latest in the long list of species abandoned by the Obama Administration using the “Warranted But Precluded” determination to deny meaningful protections under the Endangered Species Act.

Rare fly won’t get endangered listingDaily Inter

The meltwater Lednia stonefly, also known as the mist forestfly, depends on streams fed by Glacier Park’s glaciers.

The environmental group WildEarth Guardians had petitioned for protection for the stonefly based on the contention that climate change is causing glaciers to shrink and that would imperil the insect.

Demarcated Landscapes has a nice write-up on the disappointing, but not unforeseen, news ~ It’s the end of the world as we know it… just days after the Obama Administration announced its re-election campaign – what could be the first billion dollar campaign – abandoning the old slogans of “Change” and “Yes We Can” with a new campaign motto :

Are You In ?

… Not if you’re the Meltwater Stonefly, Northern Rocky Mountain wolves, Sage grouse, Pygmy rabbit, Wolverines, or any number of other environmental values abandoned by this administration in favor of the political expediency of appointing a western rancher to head the Department of Interior.







  1. Larry Zuckerman Avatar

    and don’t forget the imperiled Montana fluvial grayling, which is just supposed to wait and survive, until FWS gets around to protecting it and the remaining reach of the Big Hole River under the Endangered Species Act. What remains is threatened by greedy ranchers and hay farmers using more water than they are entitled to, climate change, and introduced fishes like brook trout, brown trout, and rainbow trout.

    It is likened to Nero, Obama is fiddling around while America’s wildlife resources are burning.

  2. Alan Gregory Avatar

    It’s almost as if the chief pol and his subordinates are concerned only with looking good on camera while the real world falls apart. A rough analogy but that’s how I feel this morning.

  3. mikepost Avatar

    Most people on this blog would be considered to be “evironment extremists” by the Democratic Party. Obama is a political player (Chicago & Illinois…machine politics at its best), not the 2nd coming of Christ, which is the way most people on this blog alluded to him before the last election. Environmentalists have to become a force that is valued in the voter polls and campaign contribution tallies. Until then…stand by to be disappointed….

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