Proposed Hydropower Development on the Henry's Fork of the Snake River, Targhee National Forest: A Case Study
Proceedings of the Symposium on Small Hydropower and Fisheries
Olson FW;White RG;Hamre RH;
American Fisheries Society
Four developers are pursuing six hydropower projects on 12 miles of the Henry's Fork of the Snake River, Targhee National Forest. The Henry's Fork is a fishery of National significance, producing large rainbow trout. Two spectacular 100 foot class waterfalls are potential National Natural Landmarks. The river is a potential Wild and Scenic River. Elk from Yellowstone National Park cross the river in the area. The cumulative effects of these proposals can alter traditional uses and values. A national audience is expressing concern. The pending Targhee National Forest Land Management Plan will direct study of the Henry's Fork for possible addition to the Nation's Wild and Scenic River System. The plan will direct qualities be maintained until studies are completed. A project proponent has asked that Forest Service study the river before he applies for license. The public, agencies, and the project proponent, stand to benefit by such a study.