Development, Improvements, and Enhancements
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.