Snail Darter Shuts Down Dream
George Will puts to rest any leftist fantasies of a Hoover Dam Moment.
The snail darter was initially native only to the Little Tennessee River. It was discovered in 1973, and subsequently was at the center of a legal controversy in which construction of the Tellico Dam was delayed due to concerns that it would extirpate the species. The snail darter was declared an endangered species in 1975 under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973; this halted construction of the dam for two years, until an amendment to the Act officially exempted Tellico.