This oral history project was produced by the Birds of Prey NCA Partnership, working in close collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management, the Wild Lens Collective, and the Peregrine Fund’s Archives of Falconry. We will be featuring a series of 20 interviews conducted with key figures in the history of the Snake River canyon region. We’ll be releasing one of interview each week over the course of the next five month here on this podcast feed.
An Oral History of the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area.
Episode ten: Clive Strong
Clive Strong is a former deputy Attorney General for the state of Idaho, but he is perhaps best known for his role in negotiating the Swan Falls Agreement. The Swan Falls Agreement was the result of a decades-long controversy over water rights in the Snake River – it had far reaching implications for water law and water rights issues across the US, but it also had a significant impact on the debate over the establishment of protection for the Snake River canyon. Swan Falls Dam – the hydropower generation facility at the heart of this controversy – is located right at the heart of the proposed Snake River Canyon National Conservation Area. This means that for a period of time in the early 1980s the Snake River canyon was at the epicenter of a national debate over water rights – and Clive Strong sat at the center of that debate.