Is Big Horn Canyon NRA Doomed By Drought or Politics?

Bicalake_copy More and more instances of drought are predicted by those who closely study climate change. At the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area in north-central Wyoming nearly eight years of drought have taken a huge toll, shrinking the NRA's Bighorn Lake by 30 miles.
Now the spectre of politics is hanging over the NRA's future, as U.S. Senator Max Baucus, D-Montana, is pushing legislation that could further exacerbate the lake's water levels. Specifically, the senator's legislation would require the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to ensure a water flow from the lake's Yellowtail Dam regardless of how drought impacted the lake.
Baucus's goal? Protect a trout fishery downstream of the NRA. As he puts it, "I'm from Montana, and Montana comes first."


Of course, there is a certain irony in fretting about the preservation of a dam and its man-made reservoir!