U.S. officials will consider an alternative to a dam on the Yellowstone River over worries it could hurt an endangered, dinosaur-like fish — the pallid sturgeon.
The move by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers comes after environmental groups successfully sued to stop the $59 million dam along the Yellowstone near the Montana-North Dakota border.
U.S. District Judge Brian Morris on Tuesday signed off an agreement that puts the lawsuit on hold pending a new study of the project.
The low-profile dam was intended to replace a weir that for decades has blocked about 125 endangered sturgeon from reaching their upstream spawning grounds. The weir is a porous, rock dam that diverts water for an irrigation system serving croplands.
Pallid sturgeon are known for their distinctive, shovel-shaped snout.
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