Wow, check out this article from the Nature Conservancy here: nature.org.
About 15 percent of the plants and animals unique to Nevada are at risk according to the Nevada Stream Conservation Plan which was released Monday by the Nevada Natural Heritage Program, the Desert Research Institute at the Nevada System of Higher Education and the Nature Conservancy.
"More than 3,800 species of plants and animals live in Nevada and 173 of these are not found anywhere else in the world. Their well-being was examined in a three-year study of Nevada's streams.
The survey said that less than half of the state's 283 streams surveyed are in good to very good condition.
The study said 13 percent of the streams are in poor condition. Some of the problems included excessive ground water withdrawal, incompatible livestock grazing and grazing by wild horses and burros."
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