Fall River Electric members and the general public are invited to join a fundraising effort to reduce trumpeter swan deaths in the Texas Slough area located southwest of Rexburg, in Madison County Idaho. The Texas Slough is a tributary to the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River but what makes it attractive to trumpeter swans is, because the slough is spring-fed, it remains “open water” during the winter when most other water areas are frozen. This open water feature, nutritious sago pond weeds that are plentiful in the slough, and the increasing population of trumpeter swans have made it a swan “hotspot” each winter. Historically, this area was not frequented by swans but as the population has rebounded the Texas slough is now frequented by swans year round.
About a half dozen years ago, local conservation groups and Fall River Electric Cooperative recognized an increasing number of swans were colliding with overhead power lines, which were built along the slough roadway several decades ago. Together significant efforts have been made by all parties to install bird “diverters” on the lines. Diverters are reflective devises attached to the overhead lines which help waterfoul see the lines as they land and take-off. Diverters work well in most situation but there are times in the Texas Slough area when conditions are just right and a thick fog forms obscuring the lines and the diverters. With your help we can implement a solution for this emerging swan habitat. This fundraising effort is intended to secure funding to place the electric lines underground.
Unlike typical profit-based utilities that have sizeable funds for community projects, Fall River Electric Cooperative is a customer-owned, nonprofit utility, charged by its members to keep rates as low as possible. Fall River has joined an effort spearheaded by members of the Cooperative, Tim and Wendy Brockish, in an effort to raise the needed funds to allow interested organizations such as the Teton Regional Land Trust, the Trumpeter Swan Society, and others to join forces with concerned Fall River Electric members to provide assistance with the “Texas Slough Swan Safe Power Line Project”. We want to give our members and the public an opportunity to join in the effort as well.
FALL RIVER ELECTRIC WILL MATCH DONATIONS OF $50 OR MORE UP TO $15,000!
Members or anyone from the general public who donate at least $50 will have their donation MATCHED by Fall River Electric up to a total of $15,000, which would mean a total contribution to the "swan safe project" of $30,000 when Fall River Electric's match is combined with the donations of individual members, member businesses or the public.
We would like to get construction completed prior to the ground freezing and so this fundraising campaign will go through October 31, 2015. With your help we can make a difference!