Posted February 6, 2006--5:00 pm CST
Jonesboro, AR--A federal judge will soon decide on whether to put a halt to construction on a giant pump connected with the
The arguments heated up last year when it was announced that the first ivory billed woodpecker in nearly fifty years was spotted in the wetlands. The bird was on the extinct list at that time but not resides on the nearly extinct list. Many people are hoping to help bring the bird back to a healthy population and fear that messing with its environment could seriously harm their efforts. Today these people took their case to a federal judge.
The case was held in a federal courtroom in
Meanwhile just over one hundred miles away billions of gallons of water sits in the
Just to the south of this area are farmers looking for a way to irrigate their fields. Department of Justice attorneys say one study says underground aquifers could run dry as soon as 2009, leaving rice farmers with nothing but dry fields. They say the project is needed in order to help these farmers and also to help save the underground aquifer.