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Sauerkraut Creek In-stream Flow Enhancement Draft EA

Development, Improvements, and Enhancements

Fri Jul 13 16:55:00 MDT 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.

Contact Information

Mark Lere, Program Officer Habitat Section Fisheries Bureau Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks PO Box 200701 Helena, MT 59620 (406) 444-2432

Public Comment

The public comment period for this public notice ended on Fri Aug 10 16:57:00 MDT 2012.