Farms & Fish
FTR is launching a campaign to support Farms & Fish Initiative projects and continue building on impactful work with the farming and ranching community in the Teton Watershed. Collaborating with our agricultural partners on projects that address water availability and soil health are of the highest priority to sustain working lands and a wild Teton River fishery.
Our goal for this campaign over the next two years is to raise $500,000 from individuals who believe in this highly impactful, collaborative work. This private support will help secure over $4 million in federal funds to implement projects on the ground.
Your contribution will help accomplish the following projects:
- Changing water management and rewatering Canyon Creek: Permanently re-opening the immense Canyon Creek drainage and 45 miles of historic spawning habitat to native cutthroat, while providing a sustainable source of water for Canyon Creek Canal Company irrigators and improve Teton River Canyon fishery and flows.
- Improving soil and water health: Working with and providing direct incentives and technical support for generational farmers and ranchers who are leading the way in implementing best management practices that include planting cover crops, using conservation tillage methods, testing innovative grazing practices, and monitoring the effects on soil and water health.
- Expanding aquifer recharge: Partnering with Teton Valley farmers and irrigators to recharge the aquifer and increase late-season flows to create more reliable water supply and resilient conditions for people and trout.
- Restoring rivers and ranches in the upper Teton River reaches: Completing a series of streambank and habitat restoration projects on currently or historically grazed properties in the Teton River headwaters, to create healthy and productive spawning and rearing areas for native cutthroat.
- Improving headgates and installing fish screens: FTR will upgrade irrigation diversions on the highest priority native trout spawning tributaries, protecting fish from entrapment in canals while improving water managers’ ability to participate in aquifer recharge and streamflow restoration programs.
- Water Rights & Flow Restoration: Negotiating voluntary, long-term conservation commitments of water rights to restore flow in high priority tributary streams during critical periods for trout, while also providing additional income for farms.