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Grand Teton National Park is joining with the sportsmen’s group Trout Unlimited in a collaborative effort to remove an obsolete water diversion structure located near Kelly and restore the Gros Ventre watershed as a viable fishery. Park Spokesperson Jackie Skaggs says the Newbold Dam—a low-head, log/rock structure—poses a significant barrier to fish passage in the Gros Ventre River, and is no longer needed for irrigation purposes. Dam removal will eliminate a safety risk for local residents and visitors who access the river for recreation at this location, and unlock more than 100 miles of stream habitat for spawning and sustaining trout. Trout Unlimited secured funding for the project and will oversee the dam removal and site restoration. Partners on the project partners include Orvis, Jackson Hole One-Fly Foundation, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the National Elk Refuge. Work is scheduled to get under way this week.

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