Environmental groups file suit alleging Bay Area creek fish being harmed 

Two environmental groups have sued the National Marine Fisheries Service over two water systems operated by Stanford University that they claim are harming threatened fish.

Our Children’s Earth and Ecological Rights Foundation filed the lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, claiming the service is not properly protecting steelhead trout in San Francisquito creek, which flows through parts of the Peninsula into San Francisco Bay.

With the state in a historic drought, the plaintiffs’ attorney, Christopher Sproul, said the government should not allow Stanford to take water out of the creek, which the school uses to irrigate a golf course and campus landscaping.

Sproul says the school’s water diversions have reduced stream flows, harming fish by blocking upstream migration and warming the creek’s waters.

Jim Milbury, a National Marine Fisheries Service spokesman, said the agency does not comment on pending litigation.

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