Feds designate habitat for Klamath sucker fish

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Associated Press

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 8:28 AM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The federal government has designated a network of irrigation reservoirs and rivers critical to the survival of endangered sucker fish in the Klamath Basin of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Proponents of farms and fish in that area have long been at odds over scarce water.

The critical habitat designation issued Tuesday for Lost River suckers and shortnosed suckers came as a result of a settlement with the conservation group Oregon Wild.

The conservation group was unhappy that the area is much smaller than one proposed 24 years ago but never finalized.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says some rivers and reservoirs were removed, in part because the water quality in some of them is so bad that the fish are not likely to thrive in the future.

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