- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

MIAMI (AP) - The Center for Biological Diversity is suing the federal government over the flooding of habitat for the endangered Cape Sable seaside sparrow in Everglades National Park.

The lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in Washington says the Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violate the Endangered Species Act by flooding the western part of the park during South Florida’s dry season.

According to the lawsuit, since 1993, the flooding has altered vegetation across a broad swath of the park and puts the sparrow at risk of extinction.

Officials with the wildlife service and the corps’ Jacksonville district say they are working with their partner agencies to protect the sparrow and continue Everglades restoration efforts that will benefit the bird and other species in the wetlands.


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