Environmentalists Sue Stanford Over Dam

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Two environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit against Stanford University, claiming Searsville Dam harms threatened steelhead trout.
Two environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit against Stanford University, claiming Searsville Dam harms threatened steelhead trout. (Courtesy of Philippe Cohen)

Stanford University -- a center for research on ecology and the environment -- is now facing a lawsuit from environmentalists. Searsville Dam is located at Jasper Ridge, a nature preserve on Stanford's campus. An attorney for two Bay Area environmental groups says the dam is keeping Central California Coast steelhead from the upper reaches of San Francisquito Creek. A Stanford spokeswoman says the dam itself has created a wetland area above it, which supports many species.

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