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Fish Passage Restored in Trail Creek
In September, fish passage was restored to more than 6 miles of Trail Creek in the Teton River Subbasin. An abandoned irrigation weir and its concrete approach spanning Trail Creek, at the Cedron Bridge near the town of Victor, acted as a barrier to fish migrating upstream from lower Trail Creek and the Teton River. Based on Forest fish distribution and physical habitat surveys, upper Trail Creek provides some of the best quality fish spawning habitat in the Teton River Subbasin. The concrete weir was removed and the stream channel was roughened to facilitate upstream fish passage. Downstream of the weir, stream banks were stabilized and in-channel habitat was improved. This project directly benefits Yellowstone cutthroat trout, a Sensitive species on the Forest. Project partners included Jackson Hole One Fly, Friends of The Teton River, Teton Valley Trout Unlimited, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Teton County, Trail Creek Sprinkler Company, and private landowner Terry Johnson.
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