"Water is a public resource, not a commodity. Public policy must ensure the sustainability of safe water supplies for the benefit of all people and the natural environment."
On February 6, 2012 the National Marine Fisheries Service issued a ruling that granted Atlantic sturgeon endangered status. Atlantic sturgeon are known to live more than 60 years and grow to 14 feet in length. There are five distinct population segments (DPS) of Atlantic sturgeon, each of which have received Endangered Species Act protections.