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Here is a great link to a video KULR 8 out of Billings did: Meeteetse Yellowstone Trout Project
This is a David VS Goliath story
Meeteetse is a town in Park County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 327 at the 2010 census
Meeteetse and they Yellowstone Cutthroat are up against some major cities and competition. We need your help in helping David beat Goliath!
Meeteetse School’s Biology and Life Science classes have been involved in a contest called the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest. This contest asked K-12 students to use Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Math (STEM) to solve a problem in our community. We submitted a project, and entered a journey that has taken us to being a National Top 15 Finalist! We will now be headed to NYC March 17-19 to make our final “Pitch” for our project to be National Winners worth $140,000 in Samsung technology and prizes!
What is this project about and how does it help the Yellowstone Cutthroat???
The Yelowstone Cutthroat trout is a threatened species that inhabits the region within the Greater Yellowstone Region. Through the years through habitat degradation and loss, over-harvesting, and inter-breeding with other species, it has lost 90% of its’ historical range.
The Greybull River, which flows through Meeteetse, is one of the last places where much of its’ habitat and genetic purity has stayed relatively intact.
However, it does not mean that there are not threats within our quaint valley present. Throughout the Greybull River drainage their are numerous barriers, often in the form of irrigation diversions, that prevent the Yellowstone Cutthroat from migrating to the upper tributaries to spawn, or cause them to be lost into irrigation ditches where they eventually die. If the the fish’s numbers continue to decline not only will a precious, native resource be lost forever, but impacts from potential environmental regulations may threaten the agricultural, tourism, and natural resource-based economy that our little town depends on.
Through the coordination with Trout Unlimited, Wyoming Game and Fish, and a local rancher, our students have set out to plan and design a trout screen to be installed at an irrigation diversion that allows fish to be lost into the ditch and eventually into the farmer’s gated pipe. In the fields below. This screen will prevent fish, and especially the Yellowstone Cutthroat trout from moving into the ditch while continuing to provide irrigation water to the fields, and reducing maintenance in cleaning dead fish from the gated pipe. Further consideration must be made in the design to prevent debris, in the form of rocks, and vegetation from building up on the screen reducing water flow, and possible damage to the screen, from occurring.
- Meet with Jason Burkhardt, Wyoming Game and Fish Biologist
- Visit the Pickett Creek Irrigation Diversion and measure/ sketch the site for the design process
- Map the migration of tagged Yellowstone Cutthroat trout in the Greybull River, and locate the diversion, using Google Earth Pro.
- Draw a digital 3D model of the irrigation diversion to be used to visualize the trout screen once design using SketchUp Pro.
- Build a real 3D model to test the most effective angle for screen placement to reduce debris buildup.
- Research potential screen types for greatest prevention of fish loss, maximum irrigation flow, and reduction of debris accumulation on the screen.
- Finalize screen design, including brush to eliminate debris buildup and solar panel location to provide power source for automation and reduce maintenance.
- Draw proposed screen design on existing digital 3D model using SketchUp.
- Create a slide show presentation communicating the identified challenges, project objectives, and proposed solutions for these challenges, with final digital representation of our design.
- Present our findings, and design, to TU official and Pitchfork Ranch manager for consideration.