Medford fish get some help in restoration project

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MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- A fishery rehabilitation project is digging away at a half-mile of creek near Medford to restore damage from 150 years of mining.

The goal is to turn Sucker Creek back into a meandering creek that is a good place for coho salmon and other native fish to thrive.

The Mail Tribune (http://bit.ly/pbOH1b ) reports that much of this year's work on restoration project will be completed by the end of next week and the whole project is expected to be completed next year. In addition to excavation work, the team will also be building side channels and pools to slow down the stream and create spawning areas.

Miners began digging for gold along the southern Oregon stream in the early 1850s. Over the years, tailing piles straightened and confined the stream. Biologists explain that straight channels move too fast and don't offer a lot of habitat for fish.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/