Road work stopped by bumblebees
Road work stopped by bumblebees This 2016 file photo provided by The Xerces Society shows a rusty patched bumblebee in Minnesota, which was officially designated an endangered species March 21, 2017. (Sarah Foltz Jordan/The Xerces Society via AP, File/AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
Road work stopped by bumblebees
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A highway in suburban Chicago has become the second Midwest road construction project delayed because of concerns about possible harm to a bumblebee recently listed as an endangered species.
 
U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman halted work on the nearly 6-mile-long Longmeadow Parkway in Kane County, Illinois, until at least April 25. The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reported the judge's order was in response to a filing by project opponents who said the roadway could affect the rusty patched bumblebee.
 
According to court documents, the bumblebee was found in the Brunner Family Forest Preserve along the planned route for the parkway, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald reported.
 
The holdup could boost the project's costs by tens of thousands of dollars, said Carl Schoedel, the county's transportation director.
 
"Every day that we're not working during the construction season is a potential delay to the project," Schoedel told the newspaper.
 
In March, the rusty patched bumblebee became the first bee species in the continental U.S. added to the federal endangered list. Once common in the Midwest and parts of the East Coast, it has disappeared from nearly 90 percent of its range in the past 20 years.
 
Along with other bees, it plays a crucial role as a pollinator of crops and wild plants.
 
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which deals with endangered species, is not involved in the parkway dispute, said Louise Clemency, a supervisor in the agency's Chicago field office. But she said the planned route is within an area considered to have a "high potential" for the presence of the bees, which were spotted there as recently as 2012.
 
The federal agency is providing information to the Illinois Department of Transportation about surveying the planned route for signs of the bees and ways to protect them, such as providing more habitat, Clemency said.
 
Even if the bees are found there again, it's "highly unlikely" they would prevent the road from being built although minor alterations might be needed, she said.
 
Minnesota's Hennepin County delayed work last month on a 4-mile stretch of a road called Flying Cloud Drive because of concern about the endangered bees. But federal officials visited the area and determined it was not within a high-potential zone for the bees, said Andrew Horton, a biologist with the Fish and Wildlife Service.
 
The county plans to move forward with the project, spokesman Colin Cox said. It still needs federal permits dealing with issues not related to the bees.

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COMMENTS (24)
  • jacksonschwartz-dia
    5/02/2017 - 09:01 a.m.

    they help the world

  • annakatep-cel
    5/03/2017 - 10:38 a.m.

    In March, the rusty patched bumblebee became the first bee species in the continental U.S. added to the federal endangered list. Once common in the Midwest and parts of the East Coast, it has disappeared from nearly 90 percent of its range in the past 20 years.
    Along with other bees, it plays a crucial role as a pollinator of crops and wild plants.

  • THarvell02
    5/03/2017 - 11:03 a.m.

    This article very informational! I liked it very much

  • JScruggs17
    5/03/2017 - 12:49 p.m.

    I didn't know that the bumblebees were the first type of bees to become extinct. I think its good the Illinois department is trying to find a way to keep the bees safe.

  • MBrown-ing
    5/03/2017 - 01:34 p.m.

    It is because of people that bees are endangered.

  • noahr-ste
    5/05/2017 - 01:09 p.m.

    If the bee's die off there will be a lot of things missing out of peoples daily lives. It is important that we protect them and save them.

  • irisp-ste
    5/08/2017 - 07:56 a.m.

    I am glad that more steps are being taken to protect bees. These tiny creatures have a much larger impact on the earth than what most people would expect. Awareness of the negative effects of the lack of bees, like the actions of Cheerios will help to preserve the species and lots of varieties of food.

  • brettb-pla
    5/09/2017 - 10:26 a.m.

    I'm very happy that someone out there is looking out for the environment. Bumblebees help greatly with pollination. Bumblebees keep are environment running correctly, and help pollinate plants. I like bumblebees and this story makes me very happy. I wish more people out there would be like this judge.

  • williamb-pla
    5/10/2017 - 09:06 a.m.

    The article talks about a Chicago highway whose construction was halted over concerns for an endangered species of bees. The rusty patched bumblebee recently became the first species of bee to be put on the federal endangered species list. It is important as citizens to do whatever we can to help the bees, as they are an integral part of our food system. Without them, we wouldn't have many of the fruits or vegetables we commonly eat, which could cause a food shortage. Even if we live in an area without many opportunities to get involved with this issue, we can still be engaged by donating to non-profit organizations dealing with bees.

  • piersonw-cel
    5/10/2017 - 10:17 a.m.

    The bees play a crucial role as a pollinator of crops and wild plants. They have disappeared from nearly 90 percent of their range in the past 20 years.

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