It’s no secret that 2018 has been much warmer than we’re used to (in January, 5°F warmer than normal across the whole watershed and as high as 7°F above average in Island Park). At the same time, HFF has been reporting SWE (snow-water equivalent) numbers at 96% of average at the end of January (as high as 103% of average this past week), above average streamflow, and near average precipitation across the watershed (not to mention 111% of average Jan. precipitation at Island Park). If you’re looking out your window in Island Park right now, you’re probably wondering, “How is that possible?”
At the end of each year, HFF takes a moment to reflect on all that was accomplished and all the great things we were a part of. To keep the tradition going, HFF is taking a look back at the "Top-10" programmatic accomplishments of 2017. You can also take a look back at HFF's Top 10 for 2014,2015, and 2016.
The Henry’s Fork Foundation (HFF) officially moved its offices into the new HFF Community Campus in August, but this community project has been more than three years in the making! This building at 801 Main Street was originally built as the Ashton Hospital in 1950. In 1988, the hospital was converted into a nursing home and a few years later became storage units when the new senior living center was built across town. The building remained, used for storage, until June of 2016 when it was purchased by HFF as our new community campus.
For the past two years, HFF has ended the year by taking a look back at our "Top-10" accomplishments. This year, we're keeping that tradition going with HFF's Top-10 list for 2016. Before you dive in, you can also take a look back at 2014 and 2015.
A weekly agricultural newspaper reported on the water outlook this week and it seems the situation our research team has been describing at Island Park Reservoir is reflected system wide.
"Snake Plain water managers were planning for a strong water year in March, but peak flows arrived early, limiting storage accumulation, and the summer has brought little precipitation and a prolonged stretch of high temperatures."
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.