The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed Endangered Species Act protection for the sharpnose shiner and smalleye shiner, two species of minnows that inhabit the prairie streams of the upper Brazos River watershed. The proposal is part of an agreement reached with the Center for Biological Diversity that also includes protection for 623 miles of river habitat. According to Tierra Curry, a biologist for the center, the two species of fish will disappear forever if help is not provided.
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