By Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

BEND, Ore. (AP) - A new lawsuit argues that state and federal agencies are harming the Deschutes River and its native Oregon spotted frogs.

The Bulletin reports ( ) that WaterWatch of Oregon filed the suit Monday. It says the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and three state irrigation districts are treating a portion of the river as an irrigation ditch rather than a natural resource.

The conservation group wants changes in river flows to improve frog habitat. It also wants the Bureau of Reclamation to consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which listed the frog as threatened in 2014.

A Boise-based spokesman says the Bureau doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

The Deschutes Basin Board of Control president says the lawsuit will impede cooperative efforts to improve frog habitat.

The Board of Control represents the irrigation districts named in the lawsuit.


Information from: The Bulletin,

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