ASHLAND -- A new study claims dog owners who fail to clean up after their pets may be to blame for high E. coli bacteria levels in Ashland Creek.

KDRV-TV reports the study was conducted jointly by Rogue Riverkeeper, a program of the Ashland conservation group Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center, Southern Oregon University, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and the Bear Creek Watershed Council.

The study says E. coli is an issue in Ashland Creek and 34 waterways throughout the Rogue River Basin, including the Rogue, Illinois and Applegate rivers.

Researchers collected water samples three times a week from June to October last year. Results of the study will be presented Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Ashland Public Library.

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