Fall has arrived here in the Madison Valley. The crisp mornings, including a couple with snow showers signals the beginning of another season. Fall brings great fly-fishing to the valley especially on streamers. The lines to get into Yellowstone Park are also shorter! Please read on in this newsletter for project updates from the Foundation.
West Madison Canal Bubble Curtain Update
A generous donation from the Willard L. Eccles Foundation made it possible to test the bubble curtain this fall. The bubble curtain was tested on site the end of September to monitor the effectiveness of the system for the canal. The purpose of the curtain is to reduce the number of fish entering the canal when the head-gate is open. Footage was gathered of a fish being deterred by the system. We are excited to install the bubble curtain again in spring 2018!
Fish RescueOn October 2nd twenty-two Madison River Foundation volunteers gathered to move fish from the West Madison irrigation canal back into the main-stem of the Madison River. The water level throughout the canal varied. At the golf course access to the canal the water was roughly a foot deep. The water level there was too high to successfully capture fish. Between 8 mile fishing access site and the head-gate for the canal the water was inches deep and fish were becoming trapped in small pools unable to return to the river. Fish were rescued between the 8 mile fishing site and the head-gate. The fish rescued varied in size from fry to adult fish and included several species: rainbow trout, brown trout, sculpin, whitefish, and white sucker.Thank you to all the volunteers!
October 10 8 am: Fencing on O’Dell Creek, meet at Lions Club Park. Please bring gloves & water, lunch provided.
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October 20 9:30-10:30 am: Coffee at the MRF office, stop by to chat with staff and hear about things going on.