Steelhead Die Awaiting Feds' OK

By Daryl Kelley

After a federal agency failed to launch a rescue effort last month, at least 54 juvenile steelhead trout died in dry pools in the upper Ventura River near the $9-million Robles fish ladder, which was ordered built by the U.S. government to help save the endangered fish from extinction. “It’s frustrating to do all this work, and then just stand by,” said marine biologist Scott Lewis, who works as a consultant for Casitas Municipal Water District, which built and operates the Robles ladder. Lewis, who monitors the steelhead for Casitas, had been

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