Volunteers and Nevada wildlife officials this week rescued thousands of stranded trout and other fish from irrigation ditches in the Reno area. Two dozen wader-clad rescuers splashed through knee-deep water in ditches that soon will be dry, netting an estimated 6,000 fish over two days. Most were returned to the Truckee River Wednesday near Verdi just west of Reno. Because of drought in the area, now in its third year, the ditches will no longer get water from the river.
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