BEND, OREGON (KTVZ/CNN) - Thousands of dead fish were found lining a channel of the Deschutes River southwest of Bend, OR.
A family hopes to save fish trapped in shallow pools.
"It's going to be hard, we just need to try and get these ones to the river," volunteer Kim Brannock said. "We found this pool shortly afterwards which last night was at least like another 18 inches higher and it was filled with fish."
Kim Brannock and her family just couldn't sit by and watch. Friday morning, buckets in hand, they were on a mission to save lives.
"People were kind of laughing, oh you're going to go down there and save a few fish, it was like yeah because it's about trying to make a difference," Brannock said.
The fish are put back where they came from, into the Deschutes, which is running lower than years past. Water managers said because the reservoir is so low they're not releasing much downstream.
"We had to drop the out flow down to fulfill that water right," Region Mgr. Kyle Gormon of OR Water Resources said. "Hopefully somebody will figure out what did happen this year as to previous years and then find a solution, so it doesn't happen again."
The mystery of how so many fish ended up dead will continue, something many said is the first time they've seen anything like this.
In total, the group along with fish and wildlife were able to save about 500 to 600 fish.
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