Wyoming’s push for dams goes against the flow

Swan Falls Hydroelectric Dam on the Snake River in Ada and Owyhee counties, is 107 feet tall and 116 years old. Fish passage built into this dam was a failure, making it the first dam on the Snake to block migrating salmon and steelhead. Terry Thomas / news@postregister.com

A recent e-copy of WyoFile had an article on a new proposed irrigation impoundment for south-central Wyoming. Unlike most impoundment projects that are justified through multiple benefits to society, this proposal will serve about 100 irrigators and will not generate electricity or provide drinking water, and most of the recreation will be privately controlled.

Choosing the right water course

The North Fork of the Clearwater River is among dozens of streams and rivers the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest officials are studying to determine if it is suitable for Wild and Scenic River designation. Eric Barker / Lewiston Tribune

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest officials are studying dozens of rivers to determine if they are suitable for protection under the 1968 Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

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