River Restoration Series: Partnerships essential in restoring fish habitat

It’s about fish.

It’s about people.

It’s about communities working together to address challenges to bringing back salmon, trout, and steelhead for everyone. Idaho Fish and Game has been investing in restoring fish habitat for a long time, and continues to do so. These are great stories, and we’d like share those with you.  

Starting today - and over the next two weeks - we will feature 3 new short films about Idaho Fish and Game’s efforts to restore fish habitat across the state.

Many of Idaho's rivers have been altered by a long legacy of land uses. Activities like mining, timber harvest, agriculture, road building, flood control and others have dramatically changed fish habitat for many of Idaho's salmon, steelhead and trout. Idaho Fish and Game uses funding from NOAA Fisheries, Bonneville Power, Pacific Coast Salmon Recovery Fund, Bureau of Reclamation, and other partners to improve river habitat so that we can help to rebuild many of our native fish populations.

In our first film, Restoring the River: Idaho’s Fish Habitat Program, we take a big-picture look at how we are working to restore stream habitat across Idaho. From steelhead in the Salmon River basin, to Cutthroat Trout in the Snake River, you’ll see how we plan, build and evaluate new homes for Idaho’s native fish. Look for 2 more films in the coming weeks.

This is a story of fishery biologists, engineers, and landowners working together to rebuild and preserve fish populations for all Idahoans



Stick with us over the next two weeks when we launch parts 2 and 3 that talk about the construction side, and the fish monitoring side of stream restoration projects!


Week 2: Moving Earth: Restoring Idaho’s Fish Habitat. Restoration techniques often involve complex engineering and heavy equipment to help bring streams closer to their original condition, and restore ecological functions that support healthy fish populations.

Week 3: Restoring Rivers, Restoring Fish: Monitoring Fish Habitat Projects. Studying how fish populations respond after restoration helps improve strategies so that projects have the biggest positive effect.

Read the latest news and information about wild fish in Idaho on our Wild Salmon and Steelhead pages.