Trout Stream Improvement

Rainey Creek-Swan Valley Work Station Stream Restoration Project- (ID)

Rainey Creek-Swan Valley ID
Year
Project Recipient
South Fork Initiative-Henry’s Fork Foundation
Project Matching Funds
$120,000
Project JHOF Funding
$40,000
Project Total Funding
$160,000

Rainey Creek was one of the most productive spawning and rearing tributaries for native Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout in the South Fork Snake River. Past agricultural practices have over-widened, impounded, and degraded much of the lower five miles of Rainey Creek, and Rainey Creek is now the least productive Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout tributary of the four major South Fork Snake River tributaries. The South Fork Initiative-Henry’s Fork Foundation will restore 0.35 miles of heavily degraded riparian and instream habitat along Rainey Creek to improve habitat complexity and promote Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout spawning and rearing. This project is located ~3 miles upstream from the confluence of Rainey Creek and the South Fork Snake River near Swan Valley, Idaho. Specific project objectives include:  Replacing failing pasture bridge with a 40 ft span structure, removing and restoring livestock ford stream crossing, armoring the livestock water gap and restoring natural stream function by narrowing and restructuring 1,840 feet of stream channel.
 

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