Idaho is an outdoors paradise, with more roadless area than any other state in the continental United States and some of the most famous trout waters in the world, including Silver Creek and the South Fork and Henry's Fork of the Snake River. Idaho's fisheries and wildlife, however, are dependent on the same limited water supply that supports agricultural, industrial, and municipal growth in a fast-developing state.
In response to these challenges, TU launched the Idaho Water Project as part of TU's Western Water Project, which works in seven states to enhance stream flows and protect fish habitat in the arid West. We partner with ranchers and landowners to restore damaged streams and watersheds, advocate for more flexible, habitat-friendly water laws, and educate the public about the need to sustain healthy rivers and streams. Meet our staff.
The Wyoming Water Project pursues four key strategies:
|Protect the best fish habitat
Idaho staff work to ensure that the state's best trout and salmon habitat —and the outstanding recreational opportunities they afford—are protected from development, drought, industrial impacts or other pressures. »Read more
Restore rivers and streams
Over the years, important river and stream habitat in Idaho has been dewatered and fragmented by diversions, overgrazing and development. We are partnering with individual landowners, agencies and local communities to put the pieces of our watersheds back together. »Read more
Promote habitat-friendly water policy
We work with lawmakers, rural communities and water stakeholders to promote far-sighted, effective water policy that improves the health of rivers and streams while giving ranchers and landowners more flexible water rights that enhance their operations and property values. »Read more