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A Thirst for Water: Salmon, steelhead struggle for life in Bear Creek

By Mark Freeman
Mail Tribune

Salmon, steelhead struggle for life in parts of drought-stricken Bear Creek

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Tiny juvenile chinook salmon and steelhead take turns jumping up a concrete lip spanning Bear Creek in an increasingly futile effort to get out of downtown Medford before it's too late.

Normally, they would be finning down the creek and into the Rogue River for their final few months of freshwater rearing before heading to sea.

But a combination of severe drought and early irrigation withdrawals has the creek running at one-fifth its normal flow in downtown Medford, trapping thousands of young salmon and steelhead in a stretch that is too warm and oxygen-depleted for their survival.

All week, they've been trying to swim upstream to escape the heat, but they find flows too low for success.

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