Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said rehabilitation of the Yankee Fork of the Salmon River serves as a model of his America’s Great Outdoors River Initiative.
The Yankee Fork at Sunbeam is one of 51 river projects Salazar is highlighting nationwide, to provide examples for how communities across America can restore and reconnect with the rivers in their backyards.
“Across the country, we are working hand in hand with states, tribes, local communities and other partners to revitalize our nation’s rivers and expand the opportunities for people to fish, swim, boat, and otherwise connect with the great outdoors,” Salazar said.
The Bureau of Reclamation has worked with the state, the Sho-Ban Tribes, the Bonneville Power Administration, the JR Simplot Co. and others to restore spawning habitat for endangered salmon.
In the 2012 fiscal year the partners will complete a side-channel, riparian, and wetland restoration project on the JR Simplot company property.