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HFF Open House
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
512 Main Street, Ashton

California Reception
November 15, 2012 
San Francisco, CA 

Salt Lake City Reception
February 22, 2013
Salt Lake City, UT

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River Flows Drop Now to Rise Later

River flows from the Island Park Dam were recently dropped to 170 cubic feet per second (cfs) to store more water in the reservoir, which is currently at 44 percent of capacity. This drop was agreed upon in last month's Drought Management Planning meeting between the Foundation, Idaho Fish and Game, the Bureau of Reclamation, and Fremont Madison Irrigation District.  


By reducing flows now, irrigators can be assured of an adequate amount of water for the next irrigation season, while allowing for increased flows in December and January when young rainbow trout need more water to survive. The Drought Management Planning group will reconvene in November to determine how much water can be released during the winter to allow for both the fishery and necessary irrigation storage capacity. The group considers reservoir inflow rates, storage space, and the projected weather outlook.   


Thanks to the incredible snowpack of the 2010-11 season, last year's winter river flows were higher than average, resulting in better survival for young rainbow trout and more fish in the Fork. Learn more about how we work with local agencies and irrigators to provide strategic winter river flows. 


Repairs to Ashton Dam Almost Complete 
PacifiCorp will begin filling the Ashton Reservoir on November 6, 2012, as the Ashton Dam Remediation Project draws to a close. Crews are currently cleaning up the construction site.

The area below the dam will likely re-open for public recreational use in mid December.
Join HFF for Lunch 
Stop by our new office and have lunch with the HFF staff at 512 Main St. on Tuesday, October 23 from 12 to 2 p.m. Lunch includes burgers and hotdogs. All HFF members and the public are welcome.
Watch the Caldera Symposium on YouTube  fall appeal incentive 2012
If you missed the first Caldera Symposium on July 12, you can watch most of the sessions on YouTube. The symposium brought together leading scientific and angling experts to explore how the Caldera ecosystem has changed over the years. You can check out the individual sessions on our website.

The Symposium summarized the research gathered so far through the Caldera Project, an ongoing effort to research and restore the fisheries in the upper Henry's Fork. Help us support this important project with a donation. Give $100 or more and you'll receive a Morning Star lanyard free.
About Us 
The Henry's Fork Foundation is the only organization whose sole purpose is to conserve, protect, and restore the unique fisheries, wildlife, and aesthetic qualities of the Henry's Fork of the Snake River.