MARCH 2014

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Boise Reception
Friday, April 11, 2014
Boise, Idaho 
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Henry's Fork Days
June 13-14, 2014 
Last Chance, Idaho

Vote for Board Members
As a member of the Henry's Fork Foundation, you have a say in how the organization is run. Let your voice be heard by casting a ballot in the 2014 Board Confirmation Vote.
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Snowpack Bodes Well for Fishing
After a dry start to the winter, four weeks of wet weather have increased snowpack in the upper Snake River basin to above-average levels. The amount of water currently in the snowpack (snow water equivalent, or SWE) in the Henry's Fork watershed is at 126 percent of the 30-year median, providing a good chance of average to above-average streamflow this spring and summer. SWE in the Island Park area has lagged behind the rest of the watershed and is currently at the 30-year median. Some sites in the Teton watershed have as much as 150 percent of average water in the snowpack.


Basin-wide, SWE is about 130 percent of average for the watershed upstream of all of the major storage reservoirs in the upper Snake River system, with some locations reporting SWE in excess of 160 percent of average. Although the reservoir system is still only 50 percent full, the snowpack currently in the mountains will be sufficient to fill the entire reservoir system this spring and summer.


If wet weather continues into the beginning of the growing season, all storage water rights of Henry's Fork irrigators will fill. This means that water stored in Henry's Lake and Island Park Reservoir will belong to local irrigators and will not need to be delivered to users out of the basin, which is good for local fishing conditions. In 2013, even though Henry's Lake and Island Park Reservoir filled, nearly half of the water belonged to lower valley irrigators, which resulted in very high streamflows in the Henry's Fork during July and August. Many of you experienced these conditions as you tried to fish the Ranch. Barring a very dry spring, this situation should not be repeated in 2014, promising better fishing conditions this summer and higher flows next winter.  

Construction on Chester Dam Finishes   
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. At that point, the fish ladder at the dam and the fish screens on the canals on either side of the dam will be fully operational. 

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Only Five Spots Left on Patagonia Trip 

In January 2015, we'll host an exclusive fishing trip to Patagonia, Argentina. Rio Manso Lodge, a generous HFF supporter, will provide exceptional fly fishing, elegant yet comfortable lodging, and extraordinary cuisine. You'll also have a chance to learn more about our work and get to know the Foundation's leadership. 

Trip dates are January 17-23, 2015. Only five spots are left. Call us at 208-652-3567 to reserve your spot!


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About HFF  
The Henry's Fork Foundation is the only organization whose sole purpose is to conserve, protect, and restore the unique wild fisheries, wildlife, and aesthetic qualities of the Henry's Fork of the Snake River.
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