Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks proposes to improve a small portion of the 110-acre Stipek Fishing Access Site (FAS) on the Yellowstone River, which would include rerouting, grading and gravelling of the entrance road, construction of a single-lane boat ramp, gravel parking area for vehicles with trailers, and sealed vault latrine, and erection of fencing and signs.
Based on the Environmental Assessment on which three favorable public comments were received and FWP’s evaluation, it is my decision to proceed with FWP’s preferred alternative B and implement the proposed action which states FWP will provide a boat ramp to the Yellowstone River at Stipek FAS. (Decision Notices - 07/17/2012)
Montana State Parks, a Division of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks proposes to install a campground host site at Painted Rocks State Park. The project was initiated to increase site protection and stewardship of the park and service to park visitors. (Decision Notices - 07/16/2012)
The Future Fisheries Improvement Program is proposing to provide partial funding for a project calling for the construction of a siphon where the Spokane irrigation canal crosses Swamp Creek. The intent of this project is to restore connectivity between the Big Hole River and Swamp Creek for migratory fish, especially Arctic grayling, a species of special concern in Montana. Additionally, the project would improve irrigation efficiency and management, resulting in enhanced in-stream flow for approximately 6 miles downstream of the canal. The Spokane Canal is a large ditch (about 125 cubic feet per second) that diverts water from the Big Hole River. Currently, flow from the canal merges with Swamp Creek, allowing canal water to freely mix with Swamp Creek. A weir with check boards located on Swamp Creek is then used to allocate water down channel or down canal. The installation of a siphon would maintain a separation of canal and creek water and would allow migrating fish to pass unimpeded in Swamp Creek. The project site is located approximately 3 miles west of the town of Wisdom in Beaverhead County. (Development, Improvements, and Enhancements - 07/13/2012)
The Future Fisheries Improvement Program is proposing to provide partial funding to a project calling for consolidating several existing ditches on Sauerkraut Creek into a single diversion point retrofitted with a fish screen. The upgraded diversion structure would eliminate entrainment of fish into the irrigation system, substantially reduce irrigation impacts on the stream channel and secure in-stream flow though a water management agreement. The intent of the project is to enhance aquatic habitat in the lower 2 miles of the stream and to improve fish passage and recruitment to seven miles of the stream. The diversions and water rights associated with this project are owned by the Sunny Slope Grazing Association. Sauerkraut Creek is a tributary to the Blackfoot River located about 5 miles southwest of the town of Lincoln in Lewis and Clark County. (Development, Improvements, and Enhancements - 07/13/2012)
The Future Fisheries Improvement Program is proposing to provide partial funding to a project calling for the replacement of an existing non-functioning culvert and the installation of fencing, a stock-water tank and an infiltration depression to eliminate adverse impacts from livestock over-use associated with an adjacent corral system located on Miner Creek. Miner Creek currently supports a slightly hybridized population of Yellowstone cutthroat trout. The project site is located approximately 7 miles west of the town of Livingston in Park County. (Development, Improvements, and Enhancements - 07/13/2012)