- Associated Press - Monday, February 9, 2015

COLTON, Calif. (AP) - The Southern California city of Colton can finally go forward with a development plan that that was on hold for two decades due to an endangered fly.

The San Bernardino Sun reports (https://bit.ly/1C9P8j9 ) a new 30-year agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requires Colton to set aside 50 acres of breeding habitat for the inch-long Delhi Sands flower-loving fly.

In exchange, the city can go ahead with development on 416 acres near Interstate 10. About 80 of those acres can be developed and about 250 acres already developed may be redeveloped.

Plans were stalled in 1993 to protect breeding land for the fly, which sits on the endangered species list. The fly once bred on miles of sand, much of which has disappeared because of development.

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Information from: The Sun, https://www.sbsun.com


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