News June 17, 2019

BTNF Starts Salt Creek Restoration

by Jackson Hole Radio News

The Kemmerer Ranger District, Bridger-Teton National Forest, has made the decision to move forward with the Salt Creek Restoration Project to improve fish habitat and water quality along a section of Salt Creek in the western portion of the Kemmerer Ranger District.

The channel and floodplain of Salt Creek are highly degraded and existing infrastructure placed in the 1980s is failing. The project area is along four miles of Salt Creek, running parallel to Highway 89, 25 miles north of Cokeville. When implemented, the project will result in repairing hydrologic connectivity of the Salt Creek floodplain and restoring the ecological function of the aquatic system, its riparian community, and associated water quality.

This project also focuses on improved aquatic organism passage, and will result in the restoration and reconnection of many miles of Bonneville cutthroat trout habitat. Cooperators on this proposed project include Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Trout Unlimited, the Bureau of Land Management and Wyoming Department of Transportation.