Enviros say Stanford Univ. harming threatened fish

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Updated: 1/29/2013 3:27 pm

PORTOLA VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Stanford University is being sued by environmental groups who claim the school is harming threatened steelhead trout at its Searsville Dam and Reservoir.

The San Jose Mercury News reports the lawsuit was filed Tuesday and claims the school's dam blocks the fish from migrating up San Francisquito Creek watershed.

It also claims the 65-foot-tall dam degrades downstream habitat.

Our Children's Earth Foundation and the Ecological Rights Foundation are asking the court to order Stanford to cut water use from the reservoir and create a new plan that would help fish get around the dam.

Stanford spokeswoman Lisa Lapin says the school is currently studying the problem and refuted claims that it is in violation of the federal Endangered Species Act.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

 

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