Ecologically Based System Management- Blackfoot Reach, Snake River, Idaho
What are the short- and long-term management prescriptions for sustaining ecological health of this river reach?
NOTE: There's been no accomplishment on Phase 1 due to delays in the Pacific Northwest Region grants-coop and solicitors office. The issue is the use of Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act authority, although it has been used on many similar projects.
Need and Benefit
Research outputs would allow Reclamation to operate in an ecologically sensitive way while meeting contractual obligations related to hydopower, irrigated agriculture, flood control. River/reservoir operational management prescriptions would identify ecological gains and losses associated with various operational regimes, providng managers with tradeoff information needed to make informed decisions. Ecologically based operations could help Reclamation meet our obligations under the Upper Snake Biological Opinion, related to listed snails and avoid potential listing.
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