Gros Ventre Fish Passage Improvement

Recipient: Trout Unlimited, Inc. Project Area/Location: Gros Ventre River, Wyoming Foundation Federal Funding: $10,000 Foundation Non-Federal Funding: $10,000 Matching Funds: $20,000
Total Funding: $40,000

Trout Unlimited, Inc. will enhance native fish passage to over 42 miles of the Gros Ventre River by removing a diversion structure at Kelly, Wyoming and restoring the river gradient at the site. The Newbold diversion, a historic but no longer used water diversion structure, limits upstream migration of adult trout. Radio telemetry of adult trout performed in 2007-08 showed that while some adult fish are able to pass upstream of the structure, nearly as many fish did not pass. The project will remove the channel-spanning diversion structure and restore the river gradient at the site, thereby completely restoring fish passage for native trout and non-game species. Project partners include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/National Elk Refuge, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Albert and Bertha Markstein Foundation, Marine Ventures Foundation, and private landowners.