Planners Approve Study

Road, Bridge Projects Closer To Start Date

Posted: January 24, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Regional planners moved about $6.5 million worth of proposed road and bridge projects forward Wednesday and approved a plan to do a new environmental study of the Cave Springs recharge area.

At A Glance

Sensitive Areas

Cave Springs Cave Natural Area, a 57-acre property in Benton County is an example of an Ozark Mountains cave stream and hosts the largest known population of the rare Ozark cavefish. The federally protected cavefish only live in streams that are constantly 55 to 60 degrees and in permanently dark, underground passages. The area also harbors a summer maternity colony of the endangered gray bat. The property includes the cave and a portion of the cave’s recharge zone.

Source: Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission

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