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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BHWC Welcomes New Conservation Programs Coordinator

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BHWC welcomes Tana Nulph as the new Big Hole Watershed Committee Conservation Programs Coordinator this week. Tana will coordinate BHWC activities and manage projects. Tana recently completed her master’s degree with University of Idaho and received her undergraduate degree from University of Montana … Continue reading


Jon Roush, National Conservationist with Big Hole Valley Ties Speaks 10/2

Jon Roush will be at Montana Tech to deliver a public lecture at 4 p.m. on Thursday, 02 October, in CBB 102 (CBB, the Chemistry & Biology Building, is on the east side of the Tech campus, the fifth building … Continue reading


October 15 BHWC Meeting: USFWS Decision to Not List Arctic Grayling

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 7pm At the Divide Grange Topic: USFWS Decision to Not List Arctic Grayling Under ESA Why, How, and Now What? Presented by Jim Boyd, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Helena, MT August 19, 2014, the US … Continue reading


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


Spring 2014 Newsletter

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Big Hole Watershed Committee Spring 2014 Newsletter Click Here to view our Spring 2014 Newsletter (pdf) Our Spring 2014 Newsletter Includes: Spring 2014 Big Hole River Flows 2014 Big Hole River Drought Management Plan BHWC Governing Board Changes Tip the Big … Continue reading


Forage Problem Solving Seminar June 3

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 Forage Problem Solving Seminar Presented by the USDA Forage and Range Research Lab Offered by BHWC, MSU Extension & NRCS June 3 10am-3pm in Dillon, Montana Click Here for a pdf version of this announcement Presentations: Rangeland Presentations Plant Materials Development … 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


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