BHWC 20th Anniversary Celebration

Big Hole Watershed Committee

20th Anniversary Celebration

Friday, August 28, 2015 at 6pm

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

Click Here to register online

Register online by August 23.

Tickets are $35/person. Enjoy a casual night with friends and neighbors.

Problems registering? Contact us: 406-960-4855 or

Celebrate 20 years of Conservation Through Consensus on the Big Hole River.

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BHWC Special Pages

Big Hole River Floodplain Maps State Adoption

floodplainBig Hole River Floodplain Maps undergo public comment in preparation for state adoption. This page provides information and public comment details.

Big Hole River Stream Flow & Drought Management Plan 2015

DMP MapFind the 2015 Big Hole River Drought Management Plan, as well as information about Big Hole River flows, temperatures and latest status and reports here.

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BHWC Asks for Water Conservation & Cooperation

August 18, 2015 – BHWC is asking everyone – protect the fishery by limiting fishing on stressed fish, conserve water use from irrigators and residential use, and exercise patience this late summer while we weather what remains of this drought … Continue reading


Mount Haggin Project Tour – August 28, 2015

Tour Announcement

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by August 24, 2015

Contact Tana Nulph, BHWC Conservation Programs Coordinator

406 – 832 – 3119

Full Restoration Tour Agenda

Tour 2015 Agenda

10:30am: Bus departs Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

11am: Tour begins at Sugar Loaf Lodge

11am – 12pm: Introduction and History of Project Area at Sugar Loaf Lodge

12 – 12:45pm: Lunch provided by Sugar Loaf Lodge

12:45pm: Load Bus

1pm – 4pm: Project Tours

Tour are California Creek, French Gulch, Moose Creek. The Montana Department of Transportation Mill Creek Road Relocation will be visible.

4pm: End Tour

Bus will return to Sugar Loaf Lodge to drop passengers, then return to Fairmont Hot Springs to drop passengers.

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Summer 2015 Newsletter

Big Hole Watershed Committee

Summer 2015 Newsletter


Summer 2015 Drought

Big Hole River Drought Management Plan

Mount Haggin Wildlife Management Area Projects

Big Hole River Floodplain Map Adoption Update

Wildlife Program Expansion

BHWC Newsletter Summer 2015_Page_1

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Big Hole Area Volunteer Weed Spray Days

Each year counties sponsor volunteer weed spray days. The county arranges the spray day, provides chemical and supplies for volunteers, and coordinates weed treatment in the area for the day. The more volunteers, the more effective the spray day is. The following are spray days scheduled in the Big Hole River area for this summer:

  1. Glen – June 9, 2015 — Meet 8am at the Glen Post Office
  2. Maiden Rock – June 10, 2015 — Meet 8am at the Fishing Access Site
  3. Burma Road — June 11, 2015
  4. Wise River – June 13, 2015 — Meet 8am at the Wise River Fire Hall
  5. Melrose – June 17, 2015 — Meet 8am at Melrose Bar
  6. Dewey Cemetery – June 26, 2015 — Meet 8am at Quartz Hill Road
  7. Wisdom – June 30, 2015 — Meet 8am at Wisdom Road Shop
  8. Wise River Pull – June 18, 2015 — Meet 8am at Stanchfield Ranch
  9. Ray Tillman/Deep Creek – July 24, 2015 — Meet 8am at Ralston Ranch
  10. Wisdom – August 11 — Meet 8am at Wisdom Road Shop
  11. Wise River – September 9, 2015 — Meet 8am at Wise River Fire Hall

For more information about volunteer weed spray days, meeting locations, and other weed information, please contact your county representative:

Butte-Silver Bow County

Beaverhead County

Anaconda Deer-Lodge County

Madison County

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Lawsuit Filed 12/4/14 Against USFWS Arctic Grayling Decision

Lawsuit announced 12/4/2014 against the USFS Arctic grayling listing decision to not list the fish under the Endangered species act:

The following is from an EarthJustice press release 12/4/2014:

“The Center for Biological Diversity, Western Watersheds Project, Butte resident Pat Munday and former Montana fishing guide George Wuerthner today filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the agency’s latest decision to deny protection to a unique population of Arctic grayling in Montana. The Service first determined the grayling warranted endangered status in 1994 and reaffirmed that conclusion in 2010, but reversed course in August, withholding protection from the rare and beautiful relative of trout and salmon. The groups are represented by Earthjustice in Bozeman.”

Click Here to see entire the EarthJustice press release

Click Here to view the entire Intent to Sue document

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Grayling Not Listed Under ESA!

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Today USFWS release their decision to not list the Arctic Grayling under the Endangered Species Act due to the efforts of collaborative partnerships. The Arctic grayling was the genesis of the Big Hole Watershed Committee (BHWC) in 1995. Since that time … Continue reading


Big Hole River Watershed Restoration Plans

BHWC Announces Completion of Big Hole River Watershed Restoration Plans:

Upper and North Fork Big Hole Watershed Restoration Plan, 2012

Middle-Lower Big Hole River Watershed Restoration Plan, 2013

The Watershed Restoration Plan (WRP) is a plan for improving water quality based on recommendations and findings of the Big Hole River Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and impaired waters listings. The WRP is a living document reviewed as needed. This is the first version of the WRP. The primary concern for water quality in the Big Hole River is high water temperature and sediment loading as a result of physical channel impairments (i.e. lack of riparian vegetation, channel disruption, etc.). High levels of nutrients and metals are also water quality concerns in some drainages.

The Big Hole River WRP’s are created and managed by the Big Hole Watershed Committee. Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) sponsored development and provides oversight. Montana DEQ manages TMDL’s statewide and impaired waters listings statewide. Montana DEQ works with local watershed groups to voluntarily improve water quality in order to remove the waters from impaired listings.
The WRP is required by Montana DEQ and the Environmental Protections Agency (EPA) to meet EPA guidelines and approval from Montana DEQ in order for watershed groups to work to improve non-point source water quality. To date 11 WRP’s have been approved statewide and many WRP’s are in-process or slated for completion by local watershed groups.

Learn more about non-point sources water pollutions in Montana from Montana DEQ

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