Fifteenmile Watershed Group recognized for fish efforts

November 20, 2013

The Fifteenmile Watershed council, a voluntary program in the Fifteenmile Creek watershed, was recognized Sept. 17 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for work to improve fish habitat.

In response to the 2009 low flow-high temperature event that resulted in what was described as a “significant” fish kill in Fifteenmile Creek, irrigators, in collaboration with the Fifteenmile Watershed Council, The Freshwater Trust and other state agencies, developed a contingency plan to prevent future fish kills and reduce irrigator liability under the Endangered Species Act. The cooperative plan is known as the Fifteenmile Action Plan to Stabilize Temperature (FAST).

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