As the current water year has developed, it has become even more obvious that the Henry’s Fork Basin is changing. Taking a look back, these past four years on the Henry’s Fork have been four of the driest consecutive years on record since the late 1930s and early 1940s. The Foundation has been sharing statistics on this trend for over 18 months. That is our current reality. It is also not as simple as conditions just being “dry”. The true measure meaningful to growing fish and irrigating crops is water yield into the river.
I’m a planner. Since I started kindergarten, I’ve always known my next step. First, it was all about when homework assignments were due, when the next field trip was, what library book I would check out next. As I grew older, every class I took, every extracurricular I participated in, and every summer camp I signed up for had a purpose. I knew how each and every little thing fit into my larger academic and career plan. But when I arrived in Ashton two days after graduating college in mid-June of last year, I didn’t have a plan beyond my ten-week internship.
Brief background: There are three genera and many species of cyanobacteria; only a handful of these produce a toxin harmful to mammals. Blue-green algae (or BGA) is the common name for cyanobacteria, which is a single-celled bacteria that photosynthesizes and is neither an algae nor a plant. All plants, algae, and cyanobacteria use chlorophyll A, a pigment used to capture light for photosynthesis. In addition to chlorophyll A, freshwater cyanobacteria also utilize phycocyanin for photosynthesis, which is a bluish pigment that gives them their color.
On Tuesday, July 19, 2016 from 2:15pm to 6:30pm, the Henry's Fork Foundation is hosting a Community Blood Drive through the American Red Cross at the Ashton Community Center. To schedule an appointment or for more information, please contact Julie Maurer at 208-346-2895 or visit redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins are welcome. Please mark your calendar and consider donating.
On Saturday, May 21st, Mike Lawson of Henry's Fork Anglers posted a well written blog about the changing conditions we're seeing on the Henry's Fork, or what may be "the new normal." These changes are undoubtedly bringing new challenges for anglers and water managers alike. Mike's blog was posted on Facebook and got some comments and questions. Rob Van Kirk, HFF's Senior Scientist also wrote a comment in response to some of those comments and questions.