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Hardy Creek Instream Lease Evaluation Project

Acquisitions, Trades & Leases - 06/27/2005

The construction of a gravel pit on lower Hardy Creek has obliterated the natural stream channel. FWP is exploring the possibility of restoring the channel in the abandoned gravel pit. The restoration of the channel would allow Hardy Creek to function as a spawning and rearing area for rainbow trout. However, it is not clear that Hardy Creek has sufficient stream flow to support its functioning as a spawning and rearing area due at least in part to dewatering caused by one major irrigation diversion. The reduction of water usage from this diversion would allow FWP to evaluate the potential for leasing water rights to provide for adequate stream flow if the gravel pit section of Hardy Creek were restored.

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