Oxbow Bend

The state of Wyoming has decided to use all of its water rights in the Upper Snake River Basin this year, a move that will help keep Oxbow Bend from “drying out” and imperiling fish.

John Turner is scratching his head.

Last week, when the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the state of Wyoming’s tussle over flows from Jackson Lake Dam became public, the former state senator who negotiated Wyoming’s water rights in the upper Snake River basin wanted to know what went wrong.

Field Notes

American white pelicans take off in the Oxbow Bend area of Grand Teton National Park in May 2022.

Field Notes

A family of otters plays near the Oxbow Bend in May 2022.

Field Notes

Muskrats were digging through the ice near the Oxbow Bend in May 2022.

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7063 or barnold@jhnewsandguide.com.

Environmental Reporter

Billy Arnold has been covering the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the people who manage it since January 2022. He previously spent two years covering Teton County government, and a year editing Scene. Tips welcomed.

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Judd Grossman

Commercializing the wilderness is generally a bummer, but advocating for ecosystem protection is appreciated.

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