SOU students donate money to restore Klamath Basin water

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ASHLAND, Ore. — Southern Oregon students are hoping to help fish by putting water back in a Klamath Basin creek through money donations.

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.