March 2020

 
 
 
 

Upcoming Events

 
 
 
 
 
 

Boise Reception

 
 
 
 
Stueckle Sky Center

April 3, 2020
6:00 - 9:00 PM
 
 
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Henry's Fork Days XXXVI

 
 
 
 
Fisherman's Access, Last Chance

June 19-20, 2020
 
 
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What You Might Have Missed in HFF News

 
 
 
 
 
Ora Bridge Update

South Fork Flow Update

HFF's Annual Macroinvertebrate Sampling

Did You Know?

Rewatch Farms and Fish Video
 
 
 
 
 

Join the Henry's Fork Community on Social Media

 
 
 
 
There are a lot of exciting things happening in 
Henry's Fork country that you want to know about!

Learn more about what's going on, from field work to fundraising events, by following HFF on social media! 
 
 
        
 
 
 

The South Fork Initiative is on Social Media

 
 
 
 
Stay in the loop on flow changes and projects by following the South Fork Initiative on social media or by emailing Bryce.

 
 
 
 
 

Join HFF on a Hosted Trip!

 
 
 
 
Show your support for the Foundation while experiencing incredible fishing around the world! 

Featured Trip: 

Highland and 
Thingvallavatn, Iceland
 
 
 


Join the Henry’s Fork Foundation for the the cream of Iceland’s brown trout and Arctic char fishing

6 Days of Guided Fishing

6 Nights Lodging

Only $4,985 per Person
 
 
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Get Your HFF  Gear Today!

 
 
 
 
Show your support for the Foundation and look good doing it! 

Visit our online store to secure your HFF gear today!
 
 
ONLINE STORE
 
 
 
 

What's New With Planned Giving?

 
 
 
 

Have You Gotten Your Free Gift?

 
 
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When you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon donates back to us.  


Shop and support HFF at the same time!

 
 
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HFF Receives Competitive WaterSMART Grant
 
 
 
 

HFF was honored this year to receive $273,211 from the USBR WaterSMART Applied Science Grant program for our predictive water management efforts in partnership with the Fremont-Madison Irrigation District (FMID). With 19 recipients across the West, only two in Idaho, and seven of the 19 awarded to research universities, HFF is truly in good company! The other Idaho recipient, Idaho Power, is also focusing on efforts to benefit precision water management.


This is a great example of the kinds of opportunities our new community campus can create. The investment in infrastructure, combined with the expertise of our staff and a demonstrated capacity to get things done, made us competitive on a major scale. In our predictive water management efforts, HFF is partnering with FMID to develop hydrologic models and a web-based platform to improve access to hydrologic information. This will provide modeling tools and hydrologic data to enhance water management efforts, including demand-reduction, and increasing reservoir carryover.


This federal grant requires a 1:1 match with non-federal dollars. Together with other private grant funding dollars, we need your support to see this pioneering, collaborative effort through. To donate, visit henrysfork.org/donate.


Read more here.

 
 
 
 
 

Do the New WOTUS Changes Impact the Henry’s Fork?

 
 
 
 

Earlier this year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new rule called the "Navigable Waters Protection Rule" to replace the Obama-era "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS) regulations. However, WOTUS was never enacted in Idaho making the legal implications of this new “Navigable Waters” rule for the Henry’s Fork and eastern Idaho a bit unclear. HFF’s legal extern from the University of Idaho College of Law dove into the legalese of past and present rules to help us all understand what these laws mean for the Henry’s Fork.

The Clean Water Act uses “the waters of the United States” to identify those waters that the Clean Water Act has jurisdiction over. The 2015 rule, commonly called WOTUS, created more expansive definitions to “the waters of the United States. However, the Henry’s Fork Watershed and the surrounding region were not affected by the 2015 rule change because Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming were party to a lawsuit, one of many, that ordered an injunction preventing the implementation of the 2015 rule change. 

In 2019, a new rule was created – the Navigable Waters Protection Rule – and under this rule, the guidance documents that were in existence prior to the 2015 rule were incorporated, essentially resetting back to the rules prior to WOTUS in 2015. Because Idaho never adopted the changes in 2015, returning to conditions prior to 2015, means that nothing changes for Idaho.

In short, the current 2019 regulatory definition does not impact the Henry’s Fork watershed’s current management nor HFF’s approach to conservation overall. The watershed is under the same jurisdictional determination rules as were in place prior to the 2015 rule change.

However, there was also a proposed rule in 2019 that would revise the definitions of “the waters of the United States.” This definition would substantially narrow the meaning of “the waters of the United States.” The effects of the proposed rule, not the one currently in place, could reduce the covered waters substantially, roughly 50% of wetlands and 18% of streams. For comparison, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimated that the Obama-era WOTUS rule from 2015 would include up to 5% more waters than have traditionally been regulated by state law. HFF will keep an eye on this proposed rule change and will share additional information on impacts if the change is made. 

To re-read initial assessments of the 2019 rule change on a broad scale, from two different perspectives, follow the links below.

New York Times  

Capital Press

 
 
 
 
 

Did You Know?

 
 
 
 

The last time Island Park Reservoir carryover was as high as 2017-2019 three years in a row was 1997-1999 when watershed-wide natural flow was 153%, 130%, and 124% of average, respectively. The 2017-2019 carryover was achieved with watershed-wide natural flow of only 111%, 104%, and 98% of average, respectively. This incredible accomplishment was made possible thanks to collaborations like the Drought Management Planning Committee and organizations like the Fremont-Madison Irrigation District and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

To read more, click here.  

 
 
 
 
 

What You Might Have Missed - Special Highlight


February Water Recap
 
 
 
 

February as a whole was cold, with mean temperature 3 degrees F below average. February 4 was the coldest day of the winter so far and will likely end up with that title. February was also dry; precipitation was 84% of average for the month, and new SWE accumulation was 82% of average. However, the Teton subwatershed received above-average precipitation for the month, as did the valley areas. Fall River and upper Henry’s Fork received only 67% of average precipitation for the month. 

Current water-year precipitation for the watershed is 85% of average and SWE is 89% of average.

To receive daily water supply updates, email Rob at rob@henrysfork.org

 
 
 
 
 
HFF Participates in Annual “My Amazing Future” Event
 
 
 
 

Photo credit: Post Register

The event encourages 8th grade girls to consider a future in science, technology, engineering or math.

Excerpt from Post Register article:

"One classroom was dedicated to "Doing Math and Science in Waders." Idaho Fish and Game biologist Jenn Vincent had a dissected trout and a fish-stun backpack displayed on one side of the room for a group from Mountain View Middle School. On the other side, Kamberlee Allison of the Henry's Fork Foundation was leading an experiment on water turbidity — measuring the cloudiness and amount of matter in different liquids."

Read more here.

 
 
 
 
 
Meet HFF's New Staff Members
Sydney Stoddard and Daniel Wilcox
 
 
 
 

Sydney joined the Foundation in December 2019 as our Community Campus Coordinator. She is responsible for managing the day to day operations of the front office and Interpretive Center. She is also an integral part of HFF’s fundraising team. Sydney grew up in a small town in Eastern Idaho and now lives in St. Anthony with her husband, Brendon. In her free time, Sydney loves to be outside either hiking, camping, hunting, or riding four-wheelers with her family.

Daniel Wilcox joined the HFF team as the Farms and Fish Program Manager for the Upper Snake River Collaborative in January 2020. He was born on a farm and ranch just southwest of Rexburg ID, near the confluence of the Henry’s Fork and the South Fork of the Snake River. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Systems Technology from Utah State University in 2014. Daniel worked at the local John Deere dealership for 5 years with a focus in precision agriculture. He brings an established professional network of farmers, ranchers, and landowners forward to the collaborative. He is a firm believer in sustainable agriculture and seeing family farms passed down to the next generation. Daniel enjoys snowmobiling in the winter, many sports, helping work cattle on the family farm, and spending time with his wife Kaisee and their two dogs.

 
 
 
 
        
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