Protection sought for Upper Klamath Lake snail

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KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) -- A conservation group is seeking Endangered Species Act protection for a snail found only at a spring feeding Upper Klamath Lake.

The Herald and News newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/nKbBdz ) Wednesday that if the tall pebblesnail is protected, it will add another layer of complication to managing scarce water resources in the Klamath Basin.

The snail is one of 26 mollusks that the Center for Biological Diversity wants to protect.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service analysis of the petition says grazing on Fourmile Creek and water pollution from vacation homes at Rocky Point could be harming the snail found at Harriman Springs.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which is responsible for seeing that water in the lake is properly split between protected fish and farms, will be involved in the review.

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Information from: Herald and News, http://www.heraldandnews.com