Boise Reception April 13, 2013 Riverside Hotel, Boise
Henry's Fork Day June 15, 2013 Last Chance, ID
Ashton Dam Project Concludes
The Ashton Dam Remediation Project has drawn to a close after two years of construction. PacifiCorp finished filling Ashton Reservoir at the end of December and the dam has since returned to run-of-river operation. This means the amount of water flowing into the reservoir is released below the dam.
From the project's inception, the Henry's Fork Foundation and regulatory agencies have stressed the importance of fisheries on the lower river. Though construction caused increased turbidity for much of the 2011 fishing season, the long-term impacts are likely to be minimal.
Ashton Dam before the remediation project. Photo by Darren Clark.
Watershed Council Explores Aquifer Recharge
Since the 1950s, the underground water levels of the Eastern Snake Plain aquifer have been falling due to multiple factors, including changes in irrigation practices. While there is an aquifer management plan in place and it identifies recharge--or refilling--as a significant way to improve water levels in the aquifer, there is still not a coordinated program that rewards those who are able to provide recharge or relieve those who are under threat of having their groundwater supply curtailed.
The Henry's Fork Watershed Council held the Upper Snake River Aquifer Recharge Symposium last month to identify the roadblocks associated with creating an effective recharge program and how to remove those roadblocks. Watch the symposium on HFF's YouTube channel. The Henry's Fork Foundation and other organizations want to ensure that the health of river ecosystems is always considered as the State of Idaho and local irrigation districts move forward with recharge plans. Read more>>
Symposium Proceedings Available
The proceedings of the first Caldera Symposium, held last summer to explore how the Caldera ecosystem has changed over the years. You can also watch the entire symposium online. Learn more>>
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. Learn more>>