MMW Group Spotlight: Bitter Root Protection Association

Another group funded by MMW is the Bitter Root Protection Association. This group focuses its efforts on protecting, and enhancing water quality and quantity in the Bitterroot River Watershed. BRPA is based in Hamilton Montana and leads a water quality collaborative called the Bitterroot Health Check. Groups involved in this collaborative are the Bitterooters for Planning, Bitterroot Trout Unlimited, Montana Watershed Coordination Council, Clark Fork Coalition, Bitterroot National Forest, the Bitterroot College, and the UM’s Watershed Health Clinic. The BRPA is also a waterkeeper organization meaning they fight for clean water in the Bitterroot Watershed for their community through political and scientific activism. This organization has over 260 other waterkeepers, so as members of the organization BRPA is a part of a larger movement. With MMW funding the group will continue their Sapphire Front monitoring project. The Sapphire Front project is an extension of the monitoring the group does on the Bitterroot River. Started in 2018, the Sapphire Front project monitors 6 streams that flow from the Sapphire Mountains to the Bitterroot River. MMW is happy to continue assisting with the Sapphire Front Project. The BRPA is passionate about preserving water quality in Montana. Check out the BRPA website for more information on the group.