Volunteers, teaming up with state and federal workers, rescued nearly 7,000 fish from dwindling waters along the Deschutes River near Bend.
Last year thousands of fish died in this same channel when water was drawn down for annual winter re-fills of local reservoirs for the following years irrigation.
This year, through the combined efforts of ODFW, USFS, USFW, Bend Casting Club, Trout Unlimited, Deschutes River Conservancy volunteers were able to rescue somewhere between 5,000-6,000 fish including Redband, Rainbow, and Brown Trout, Mountain Whitefish, Kokanee, and Sculpin.
LINK (via: The Bulletin)
Some of my steelhead conservation friends might find some useful historical data in this US Department of Agriculture study from 1985.