ASHVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Biologists this week waded through creeks in Alabama searching for tiny fish, documenting them as party of a study of aquatic wildlife in the region.
The Anniston Star reports (http://bit.ly/MCLUKI) that the scientists were taking part in a "fish blitz" aimed at identifying and documenting fish that live in the headwaters of Terrapin Creek and in Big Canoe Creek near Ashville and Springville.
This week and next, the scientists will visit about three dozen sites along the two creeks to do biological monitoring. Their findings will be part of a report by the Geological Survey of Alabama.
The biologists expect that report to be used for decades to help officials and private landowners make land management decisions.
The findings could also help restore populations of endangered species and improve water quality across Alabama.