One of the Big Hole River Foundation's goals is to conduct long-term water quality monitoring on the Big Hole River. 2021 funding from MMW is supporting half of all the laboratory analyses of water samples collected by the BHRF and helped them expand monitoring efforts to add two new sampling sites this year. Click to see a Story Map about Monitoring on the Big Hole.
Established in 1995, the Big Hole Watershed Committee is a watershed group dedicated to the conservation of the Big Hole River and surrounding watershed. One of their monitoring efforts includes water quality sampling for the Elkhorn Mine & Mill Restoration Project. MMW is supporting BHWC in 2021 by providing gear funding. Click to visit the BHWC website.
The Yaak Valley Forest Council has been funded by MMW in 2021 to begin implementing a water quality monitoring program. This program addresses several threats to regional waterways including: increased home building, a rise in didymo and algae blooms over the last two decades, and the overarching and compounding threat of climate change. Click here to visit a Story Map about monitoring in the Yaak.
Bitterroot River Protection Association’s (BRPA) mission is to protect, preserve and enhance the water quality and quantity in the entire Bitterroot River Watershed. As part of that effort, they are the lead organization in a community-based water quality monitoring cooperative. Funding from MMW in 2021 is supporting monitoring efforts that are part of their Sapphire Front Project.
MMW is supporting the efforts of the FLOW Swimmers and their Swim Guide. Funding will support laboratory analyses of water quality samples collected at swimming beaches on Flathead Lake during the summer of 2021. Click to visit the FLOW Swimmers website.
The Missoula Valley Water Quality District works with a group of volunteers to monitor the water quality of tributaries near Missoula. Past efforts have been directed at streams that were identified as impaired. Funding from MMW is allowing more streams to be sampled in 2021 and will help the group gather more baseline water quality data.
The Clearwater Resource Council (CRC) facilitates efforts to enhance, conserve, sustain, and protect the aquatic resources of the Clearwater Valley for present and future generations. In 2008 CRC initiated community-based lake monitoring and in 2013 they began facilitating stream monitoring in collaboration with the Southwest Crown Collaborative. Funding assistance from MMW in 2021 is supporting the analysis of multiple parameters in streams and lakes of the Clearwater Basin and also assisted with the purchase of a new sonde. Click here to visit the CRC website.