Support the Big Hole River in 2014

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We’d Like To Help The Big Hole River Again in 2014.

We’ll Need Your Support This Year To Do It.

We are asking for donations to support our organization in 2014.

From 2008 to 2013, we invested more than $1.71 million in 42 conservation programs and projects in the Big Hole River watershed.

We rely on donations to support our organization. Your donation will:

  • Fund the Big Hole River USGS Real-Time stream gages;
  • Improve water quality, including high water temperatures, sediment, and nutrient levels with restoration projects – See California Creek;
  • Support the Big Hole River Drought Management Plan, the voluntary cooperative plan to support river flows and fish during times of drought managed and coordinated by BHWC;
  • Provide monthly public meetings and forums on important watershed topics including wildlife, weeds, land use planning, water quality and quantity, and policy;
  • Provide information through our website, e-mails and newsletters;
  • Continue to serve as an organization that supports the Big Hole River by representing diverse interests and addressing difficult issues;
  • And so much more.

When you fund the BHWC, you fund the future of the Big Hole River.

Your donation provides us with the necessary stability to support the Big Hole River. Please, consider a donation today.


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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 2014

BHWC DMP 2014 Quick Reference_FINALThe BHWC monitors stream flow and water temperature with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation for river health, fisheries, and conservation. As of spring 2014, snowpack conditions in the Big Hole are far above average ranging between 150% and 180% of average. If average spring and summer conditions persist, the Big Hole River is expecting extreme high flows this spring with higher than average flows persisting through the summer.

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Here Comes the Water!

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With a bountiful snowpack this season and still accumulating, we look toward spring wondering what that snowpack will look like as it melts. The river flows are rising now with muddy brown water. Mike Roberts, DNRC Hydrologist shared streamflow forecasts … Continue reading


Big Hole River Drought Management Plan 2014

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The Big Hole Watershed Committee Announces Release of the Big Hole River 2014 Drought Management Plan (DMP). The DMP is reviewed annually by a drought committee that includes MFWP and DNRC, irrigators, conservation organizations and BHWC. This year the drought … Continue reading


BHWC April 2014 Meeting: Weed Committee

The next Big Hole Watershed Committee Meeting will be: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 7pm Held at the Divide Grange Topic: Big Hole Watershed Committee Weed Committee Weed Committee Update and Plans for 2014: Mark Kambich The BHWC Weed Committee … Continue reading


New Conservation Programs Coordinator Welcomed

We are happy to announce Gary Jones as the new Big Hole Watershed Committee Conservation Programs Coordinator! Gary has 20 years experience in consulting (environmental and civil) engineering with experience in assessment, reclamation, and restoration of environmentally impaired areas in … Continue reading


BHWC January Monthly Meeting Minutes

The Big Hole Watershed Committee Monthly Meeting Minutes January 2014 Highlights: 43 people attended our January meeting. Big Hole mountain snow pack is near 123% of average, despite low valley snow cover. We may be 2 years from an enforceable … Continue reading


BHWC Fall 2013 Newsletter

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The Big Hole Watershed Committee Fall 2013 Newsletter is here!
- Watershed Restoration Planning
- 2013 Financial Report and Future
- We’re Hiring!
- 2013 Projects
- Our Next Water Quality Improvement Project
- The 2013 Big Hole River Drought Season
- And More! Continue reading

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Funding Secured for California Creek

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Big Hole Watershed Committee Secures $126,400 for Riparian Restoration in California Creek California Creek has long been plagued by upland erosion. The Anaconda Smelter operations logged the area and smelter fallout contaminated the easily erodible volcanic tuff soil. Over the years … Continue reading

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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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Upper Big Hole River Receives MWCC Award

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The Upper Big Hole River CCAA team was awarded a Watershed Stewardship Award at the capital for their efforts in restoration of the Arctic grayling from the Montana Watershed Coordination Council and Governor Steve Bullock. Scribed on the award . … Continue reading