Pebble Creek Conservation Project

$3,715 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 18 people in 19 months
The Portneuf River Project is a collaboration of both private and government organizations dedicated to preserve and protect the Porteuf River in East Idaho.   We have been working on the Pebble Project for 5 years and have done amazing things.  We've installed 600 yards of riparian fence to protect the main stem of the river.  We've restored over one mile of two branches of Pebble Creek to their pre 1941 channels and we've fenced all of that off from incursions by livestock.  The Fish and Game says that the restored channels will be 8 times more productive for rearing Yellowstone Cutthroat trout than the previosly straigtened channels were.  We dug a stock water well and installed off stream water troughs to benefit livestock and protect the streams.   We have worked with five ranchers with water rights on Pebble Creek who all agreed to form an irrigation district that will use LESS water than they have rights for in order to leave more water in the streams to benefit fish.   In exchange we have installed a gravity fed irrigation system  that is many times more efficient than the flood irrigation systems that they previously used.   
Our problem is that the material and construction costs were higher than we anticiapated and we are now short on funds to finish this critical project.  
We have invested over $500,000 in these projects and this money is desperately needed to allow us to keep our promise to the landowners and bring this project to a successful completion.  
Our funding to date has come from numerous sources: Government 319 grants, Darden Corporation, Trout Unlimited, South East Idaho Fly Fishers, Carribou Soil and Water Conservation District and others.   
This project will help improve the health of the river by reducing sediment load and taking less water for irrigation from the streams and it means a make or break deal for the last landowner.
As Project Director I'm at a loss to find the funds to get this done and it is causing me to lose sleep.   We need to get this finished.
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We just landed another $1000 corporate donation and are working on another!! Please share this update with friends to help us reach our goal. It is looking like we will able to reach our goal if we can raise just over $20,000 by making up the rest with our own labor and equipment. Thank you all for supporting this effort.
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We've made great progress so far and I'm sure that with your help we can make this a success. Please consider giving today on Donation Tuesday to help with this worthwhile project. "Tis the season.
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Great news!! Not only has the South East Idaho Fly Fishers agreed to match the next $2000 in donations but now the Sagebrush Steppe Regional Land Trust has also pledged to match the next $750 in donations as well! YES!. Please donate now!
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GREAT NEWS!! The local Trout Unlimited chapter #720, the Southeast Idaho Fly Fishers, have committed to MATCH the NEXT $2000 in donations to help us reach our goal. So, if you give $50 it will be matched with $50 to become $100. If you give $20 it will become $40. If you can give $500 it will become $1000. This will continue until we have met the $2000 match!! Let's use this up as quickly as possible. WooHoo!!
Restored streambed.
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$3,715 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 18 people in 19 months
Created August 27, 2016
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Jeremy Peace
15 months ago

This is a great project, thank you for taking the time and doing as much as you have already..

16 months ago (Offline Donation)

The South East Idaho Fly Fishers have agreed to match $2000 in donations. Give generously to help meet our goal.

Sagebrush Steppe Regional Land Trust
16 months ago (Offline Donation)

This was made as a matching donation. Give generously to make the match.

Sarah Godsey
16 months ago

Let's get this great project done!

Christine Bailey
16 months ago

Happy Birthday

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