Badger Creek: Before
Badger Creek: After
On Badger Creek, a key bull trout spawning area, ranch diversion structures removed almost all flows from the stream during the summer, effectively cutting off access to upstream spawning and rearing areas for trout. TU collaborated with landowners and federal and state partners to find a water solution that met the needs of both farmers and fish. TU secured funding from several federal programs and coordinated the conversion of several ranch operations from flood to sprinkler irrigation. The result: less water diverted from the creek while ranch productivity increased. A nearly dewatered reach of the creek came back to life, and trout were spawning there just a week after the project was completed.