The Year Of Bliss

There are tough times. This year was not one of them.

We heard a lot of good things about this year. Fishing was fantastic, hay was plentiful, no major fires, and water was high with no need to implement the Big Hole River Drought Management Plan and no river fishing restrictions. The only negative I heard — it was a banner year for mosquitoes, but we can overlook that.

There were several major landmark events. In July, Governor Bullock announced Montana DNRC’s leadership of a federal drought resiliency program that will pilot in the Upper Missouri and highlighted the Big Hole Watershed Committee as the model group for addressing drought. In August, USFWS announced the Arctic grayling would not be listed under the Endangered Species Act, largely thanks to the good work of the people in the valley. A series of awards and celebrations for those involved followed (see our BHWC Fall 2014 Newsletter for details). On the heels of that, in October Montana adopted the Big Hole River Floodplain maps. At the same time BHWC is hosting two major water quality improvement projects for which funding was secured this year totaling more than $376,000 and more to come.

Are we dreaming?

In 2015 the Big Hole Watershed Committee will turn 20 years old. Our genesis in 1995 was the Arctic grayling and drought. Our niche was to bring diverse interests together and work with our neighbors for solutions that worked for everyone. We’ve grown since then to work in more issues with the ability to implement projects for the greatest good in the watershed. A great year was no accident. The 2014 Year of Bliss occurred in part because of many years of hard work and persistence among many different people.

We are growing a legacy. Making repairs. Taking challenges head-on. Creating a sustainable watershed for ourselves and our children. 

By “We” – we mean you too. Your donation this year is as important as ever.

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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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BHWC Fall 2014 Newsletter

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Big Hole Watershed Committee Fall 2014 Newsletter Click Here to view the BHWC Fall 2014 Newsletter. Inside: The Year of Bliss Organization News, Recent Growth & Governing Board Changes BHWC News from our Focus Areas Project Updates on Mount Haggin … Continue reading


Non-Lethal Predator Management Workshop 1/7/2015

Non-Lethal Predator Damage Managment Workshop Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 8am – 5pm 4-H Building, Beaverhead County Fairgrounds Dillon, Montana Co-Sponsored by USDA APHIS/Wildlife Services & MSU Beaverhead County Extension Click Here to view the brochure Workshop Agenda 8:00 – 8:30am: Registration … Continue reading


Upper Missouri CSKT-Montana Compact Meeting 12/3

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe (CSKT)-Montana Water Compact Informational Meeting Attendance Recommended for Water Users in the Upper Missouri Basin Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 7:30pm Twin Bridges High School The area that is included in the compact negotiations includes large … Continue reading


State Adopts Big Hole River Floodplain Maps

The Big Hole Watershed Committee is pleased to announce that October 7, 2014 the State of Montana formally adopted Big Hole River Floodplain maps. Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) conducted a technical analysis of the maps and … Continue reading


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


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 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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