The Future Fisheries Improvement Program is proposing to provide partial funding to replace a dilapidated diversion structure located on Tenmile Creek by moving the headgate upstream to a location where it would be more efficient to withdraw water and provide for upstream fish passage. Additionally, the project calls for stabilizing eroding stream banks using small woody structures (harvested juniper trees) and for the installation of riparian fencing to create a livestock grazing exclosure. The intent of the project is to ensure upstream fish passage and, at the same time, provide a diversion structure that would allow water users to obtain their water rights. The project is located on property owned by Dean Bjerke approximately 0.5 miles north of the city of Helena in Lewis and Clark County. (Development, Improvements, and Enhancements - 07/12/2013)
The Future Fisheries Improvement Program is proposing to provide partial funding to a project calling for the replacement of a series of undersized culverts located at the Nickwall county road crossing on the Redwater River with four, 12-foot wide by 5-foot tall, box culverts. The road crossing currently consists of four, 24-inch diameter, culverts perched above the streambed. These existing culverts act as barriers to upstream fish passage for numerous species of warm water fish, except during the very highest flows. The intent of this project is to improve upstream fish passage on the Redwater River for fish residing in the lower Missouri River. The project site is located on the Redwater River, a tributary to the Missouri River, approximately 4 miles south of the town of Poplar in McCone County. (Development, Improvements, and Enhancements - 07/12/2013)
The Future Fisheries Improvement Program is proposing to provide partial funding to a project calling for the restoration of a 540-foot reach of Braziel Creek, a tributary to Nevada Creek. Braziel Creek supports a slightly hybridized population of westslope cutthroat trout. A reach of the stream located downstream from the county road has incised and has become disconnected from the adjacent floodplain. Due to this channel incision and deficient woody riparian vegetation, stream bank erosion rates are high and pool habitat is lacking. This project calls for restoring proper channel morphology to improve fish habitat, sediment transport and water quality by constructing a step-pool channel that transitions at the lower end into a meandering gravel bed channel. A riparian grazing exclosure, with a hardened livestock water gap, would be installed along the entire length of the restored channel. Braziel Creek is a tributary to Nevada Creek located about 9 miles southeast of the community of Helmville in Powell County. (Development, Improvements, and Enhancements - 07/12/2013)
The Future Fisheries Improvement Program is proposing to provide partial funding to a project calling for repairing an existing series of rock step-weirs associated with an irrigation diversion owned by the Big Hole Cooperative Ditch Company. These rock weirs, each set progressively at lower elevations, were constructed in 2010 to improve irrigation infrastructure on the Big Hole Cooperative Diversion, as well as to enhance upstream fish passage and make the diversion structure more boater friendly. The 2011 spring run-off event eroded the west side of the river bank, breaching four of the newly installed weirs. This project calls for repairing each of the damaged weirs by adding additional rock onto the structures and keying them about 20 feet into the existing river bank. The intent of this project is to stabilize the existing weirs, improve boater passage over the diversion and maintain upstream fish passage. This proposed project is located on the Big Hole River about 5 miles southwest of the community of Twin Bridges in Madison County. (Development, Improvements, and Enhancements - 07/12/2013)
An Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) and the Montana Department of Livestock (DoL) for a proposed adaptive management change to the Interagency Bison Management Plan. Under the proposal bison that migrate out of Yellowstone National Park could access and utilize year-round habitat on public lands north and west of the Park. Portions of the Gallatin National Forest under consideration for year-round tolerance for bison on the western boundary of the Park are: 1) the Hebgen Basin; 2) the Cabin Creek Recreation and Wildlife Management Unit; 3) the Monument Mountain Unit of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness Area; 4) the Upper Gallatin River corridor, and the Gardiner Basin on the northern boundary for only bull bison. Five alternatives with different geographic configurations, as well as a No Action alternative, are under consideration.
The Departments invite you to comment on the attached proposal. The public comment will be accepted until September 13, 2013 at 5 p.m.
Hard copies of this Draft EA are also available for review at FWP’s Headquarters in Helena and Bozeman.
(Plans - 07/12/2013)