Innovative Agreement Is Helping Restore Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout In The Teton River

Photo: Idaho Department of Fish and Game

An unusual partnership among conservationists, farmers, government agencies, and others in Southeastern Idaho is having a positive benefit for an iconic fish, the Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout. Once declining as the result of degraded and fragmented habitat, and mixing with other nonnative trout subspecies in the Teton River, the fish—Idaho’s official “state fish”– is rebounding thanks to the innovative partnership that encourages water to seep into the ground from irrigation diversions to recharge the aquifer in the spring for the benefit of agriculture, and then protects flows in the summer and fall for the benefit of fish.

LINK (via: Northwest Power and Conservation Council)

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