Yankee Fork Rehabilitation Project
Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) along with the Bureau of Reclamation and a number of other project partners – Idaho Department of Fish & Game, Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation, Idaho office of Species Conservation, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, Trout Unlimited, and the U.S. Forest Service Salmon-Challis National Forest have embarked on a mulit-year effort to revitalize the Yankee Fork, a tributary to the Salmon River, located in the central mountains for Idaho. This area has been historically impacted by dredge mining and agricultural activity. The focus of these recovery efforts is to benefit ESA-listed spring and summer Chinook salmon and steelhead. Habitat restoration efforts would impact the historic mine tailings that are related to the gold-mining Custer Ghost Town in Bonanza City upstream of the project. These impacts required the project partners to mitigate for those impacts.
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The following video is part of that mitigation effort.