Irrigated Eden and the Charmed Goose: A Thematic History of Water and Fisheries Management in the upper Snake River Basin. Rob Van Kirk Dept. of Mathematics Humboldt State University. Natural Resource Management Paradigm. Water management. Fisheries management. Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer.
Irrigated Eden and the Charmed Goose:
A Thematic History of Water and Fisheries Management in the upper Snake River Basin
Rob Van Kirk
Dept. of Mathematics
Humboldt State University
Natural Resource Management Paradigm
Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer
Upper Snake River Basin
Henry’s Fork Watershed
Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer (ESPA)
Boggs et al., In Press, J. American Water Resources Assoc.
ESPA Annual Water Budget: Mean 1958-2007
Based on Johnson et al. 1999, J. American Water Resources Assoc.
Surface Water System
Basin Annual Water Budget: Mean 1958-2007
Estimates based on USGS, USBR, and IDWR data
1865 – 1910: (Euro-American) “Settlement”
1865: Earliest water right claimed
1910: Bureau of Reclamation begins reconstructing Jackson Dam
Natural Resource Paradigm: Develop and use
1910 – WWII: “Reclamation Phase I”
WWII: Reclamation projects deferred until after War ends
Natural Resource Paradigm: “Conservation” sensu T. Roosevelt
[Brackets indicate consequence of previous management actions]
*Fiege, M. 1999. Irrigated Eden. University of Washington Press, Seattle.
WWII – 1976: “Reclamation Phase II”
1976: Last big USBR Project—Teton Dam fails on June 5
Natural Resource Paradigm: Increased use of science/technology
1976 – 1993: “Conservation”
Natural Resource Paradigm: Modern Conservation/Env. Protection with heavy federal influence
1993: Henry’s Fork Watershed Council formed
1993: Dot.com economic boom starts
2008: Economic recession
Subdivisions platted in agricultural regions of Henry’s Fork Watershed
Natural Resource Paradigm: Collaboration and local control
Killing the Goose that Laid the Golden Egg: Development vs. Natural Environment
Preston, C.R. 2005. Saving the charmed goose: reconciling human demands with inherent limitations in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Yellowstone Science 13(4):5-14.
Irrigated Eden Today
A New Twist on Killing the Goose:
Development vs. Irrigated Eden
Subdivisions on lands served by the Henry’s Fork/Teton canal system
Measurements of loss in irrigation canals and calculated budget for a single canal company.
Battle, L., R. Van Kirk, W. Schrader. In press. Effectiveness of flow management and rainbow trout harvest on long-term viability of native Yellowstone cutthroat trout in the South Fork Snake River. Wild Trout X Symp.
Boggs, K., R. Van Kirk, G. Johnson, J. Fairley, P. Porter. In press. Analytical solutions to the linearizedBoussinesq equation for assessing the effects of recharge on aquifer discharge. J. Amer. Water Resources Assoc.
Fausch, K., Y. Taniguchi, S. Nakano, G.D. Grossman, and C.R. Townsend. 2001. Flood disturbance regimes influence rainbow trout invasion success among five holarctic regions. Ecol. Appl. 11:1438-1455.
Fiege, M. 1999. Irrigated Eden. Univ. of Washington Press, Seattle.
Fredericks, J., B. Schrader, and R. Van Kirk. 2004. A collaborative, multi-faceted approach to Yellowstone cutthroat trout conservation in the South Fork of the Snake River, Idaho. Proceedings of the Wild Trout VIII Symp.:158-166.
Johnson, G., W. Sullivan, D. Cosgrove, and R. Schmidt. 1999. Recharge of the Snake River Plain Aquifer: Transitioning from incidental to managed. J. Amer. Water Resources Assoc. 35:123-131.
Koenig, M. 2006. Habitat and biotic factors influencing distribution and recruitment of juvenile cutthroat trout in the Teton River, Idaho. MS Thesis, Utah State Univ.
Loomis, J. 2006. Use of survey data to estimate economic value and regional economic effects of fishery improvements, N. Am. J. Fish. Manage. 26:301–307.
Mitro, M., A. Zale, B. Rich. 2003. The relation between age-0 rainbow trout (Oncorhynchusmykiss) abundance and winter discharge in a regulated river. Can. J. Fish. Aq. Sci. 60:135-139.
Peck, D., and J. Lovvorn. 2001. The importance of flood irrigation in water supply to wetlands in the Laramie Basin, Wyoming, USA. Wetlands 21:370-378.
Preston, C. Saving the charmed goose: reconciling human demands with inherent limitations in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Yellowstone Sci. 13(4):5-14.
Van Kirk, R., L. Battle, W. Schrader. 2010. Modelling competition and hybridization between native cutthroat trout and nonnative rainbow and hybrid trout. J. Biol. Dynamics 4:158-175.
Van Kirk, R. W. and L. Benjamin. 2001. Status and conservation of salmonids in relation to hydrologic integrity in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Western N. Am. Nat. 61:359-374.
Van Kirk, R., and M. Gamblin. 2000. History of fisheries management in the upper Henry’s Fork watershed. Intermountain J. Sci. 6:263-284.
Van Kirk, R., and C. Griffin. 1997. Building a collaborative process for restoration: Henrys Fork of Idaho and Wyoming. Pp. 253-276 in J. E. Williams et al., editors. Watershed Restoration: Principles and Practices. Am. Fish. Soc.