WHEREAS, the Louisiana Wildlife Federation passed a resolution at its 2006 convention requesting the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service designate critical habitat for the threatened Louisiana pearl shell mussel (LPM), and
WHEREAS, the LPM population on Jordan Creek, the second most populous stream on the Rigolette Bayou watershed in Grant Parish, has increased on U.S. Forest Service (USFS) administered land, yet water quality in the headwaters has high volumes of suspended solids after rain events, and the population is severely threatened by private land clearing and fill deposits just downstream from LA Highway 8 (Section 12).
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the LWF urges the US Forest Service to take appropriate measures in the Jordan Creek headwaters (Sections 31 and 36) to protect the water quality in Jordan Creek and that the private landowner within the creek’s headwaters develop, file and execute a storm water pollution abatement plan.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the LWF supports the designation of critical habitat for the
Louisiana Pearlshcll Mussel in Sections 30 and 31 on the Catahoula Ranger District of the Kisatchie National Forest and on cleared and filled private land on both sides of Jordan Creek in Section 12, south of LA Highway 8, if the foregoing water quality protection measures are not taken.
Adopted by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation in convention assembled, 4 March 2007, in Gonzales, Louisiana.