Working for fish, farmers
The Fifteenmile Creek Watershed Council has been recognized by state and federal agencies for innovative work to protect threatened fish runs as well as the water rights of farmers and ranchers.
In the summer of 2009, the local council was spurred to improve water quality by a kill of wild steelhead due to the high temperature of the creek.
At the time, federal officials informed irrigators that they could be held responsible for activities that harmed fish protected under the Endangered Species Act.
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