The Henry's Fork Watershed Council annual field tour August 12, 2014, include stops at the Sheridan Creek Restoration Project on Green Canyon Road west of Island Park Reservoir, Island Park Dam, Box Canyon boat ramp, and Chester Dam. We started out with about 40 people, and added and lost a few throughout the day. I always learn a lot on these field trips, and this one was no exception. I am impressed with the work done by the Watershed Council and its co-facilitators, the Henry's Fork Foundation and the Fremont-Madison Irrigation District.
Many of you have asked about management of flows in the Henry’s Fork downstream of Island Park Dam during the summer and fall of 2013. During July, flows were high when irrigation water was being delivered out of Island Park Reservoir, but they were not nearly as high as the real-time streamflow values that appeared on the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) water data web site at the time. Similarly, flows have been dropped to very low levels over the past few weeks to facilitate storage of water in the reservoir, but these flows are not nearly as low as
Last week, Fall River Rural Electric Co-op finished installing an inflatable rubber bladder on the top of Chester Dam, completing all construction activities at the dam. The co-op expects to inflate the rubber bladder and begin full operation of the power plant at the end of March.
In 2014 and 2015, we will host two exclusive fishing trips. We were fortunate to secure two premiere fishing lodge experiences and we want to share them with you. With each trip you will learn about the work being done by the Foundation, get to know our Executive Director and Conservation Fund Director, meet HFF board members, and enjoy incredible fishing.
In his annual budget address on January 6, Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter proposed $15 million in the fiscal 2015 budget to fund water-supply projects, two of which have the potential to affect stream flows in the Henry’s Fork. The governor pledged $2.5 million toward a proposal that would expand the storage capacity of Island Park Reservoir by about 20 percent over its current capacity.
Dave Hall, a long-time friend of the Foundation, is once again offering a great way to put beautiful art on your wall while supporting HFF. Dave will donate all proceeds from the sale of Moving Water LLC’s 2014 poster to the Foundation. At on ly $29.95, the poster would make a great holiday gift.
Taking place December 3, 2013 – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a national movement around the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are, today, synonymous with holiday shopping.
The annual migration of young rainbow trout from the Henry’s Fork into the Buffalo River has been in full swing since mid-September. As of November 8, a total of 3,518 fish have migrated upstream through the Buffalo River fish ladder.
Many of you have asked about management of flows in the Henry’s Fork downstream of Island Park Dam during the summer and fall of 2013. During July, flows were high when irrigation water was being delivered out of Island Park Reservoir.
After only one field season, HFF’s study of habitat use by adult rainbow trout has provided statistically meaningful descriptions of the role of aquatic plants (called macrophytes by biologists) in providing trout habitat in the Harriman State Park reach of the river.