Students donate money to restore water for fish

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Associated Press

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 7:35 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 10 at 2:31 PM

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) — Students at Southern Oregon University are donating money to put water back in a Klamath Basin creek to help fish.

Student activist Shaun Franks said Tuesday that about $60,000 from student fees dedicated to special projects known as the Green Fund are going to the Bonneville Environmental Foundation to lease water rights from ranchers on Seven Mile Creek.

The idea is to offset the amount of water used on the Ashland campus by restoring an equal amount to the creek.

The creek, which sometimes runs dry in summer from irrigation withdrawals, flows out of the Cascades into Agency Lake, and is home to redband trout.

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