The Wyoming Home Waters Initiative through Wyoming Trout Unlimited was established to help restore watersheds or sections of watersheds within Wyoming and to encourage community involvement, interest in the outdoors, and conservation of natural resources.
The first year of the program was a success, with two Wyoming Trout Unlimited chapters, the East Yellowstone Chapter and the Jackson Hole Chapter, each receiving $5,000 in grant money to help restore their Home Waters.
The Jackson Hole Chapter will use awarded grant money to help restore Flat Creek, a spring creek in the Jackson Hole area. The grant money will be used to redesign and reconstruct habitat structures that were placed in Flat Creek many years ago.
The East Yellowstone Chapter will use the grant money to increase the wild trout fishery in the lower Shoshone River by augmenting spawning gravel.
The project will also involve the removal of nonnative vegetation and reintroduction of native plants to decrease the silt load within the river.
For more details, or if you would like to nominate a watershed for the Wyoming Home Waters Initiative, contact your local Trout Unlimited Chapter or the Wyoming Council at 250 N. First St., Lander, WY, 82520. For contact information on your local TU chapter or additional information, visit www.wyomingtu.org.