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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Sage Grouse – BHWC Meeting November 18, 6pm

The next meeting of the Big Hole Watershed Committee will be: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 6pm at the Divide Grange Note the time change for daylight savings Topic: Big Hole Area Sage Grouse, status and needs Presented by  Carolyn Sime, DNRC, … Continue reading


Big Hole River Recreation Rules up for MFWP Review

This Big Hole River and Beaverhead Recreation Rules are up for 5 year review this year. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is hosting two public meetings: Wednesday, October 21, 6-8pm, Dillon – University of Montana-Western Block Hall #311 Thursday, October 22, … Continue reading


Sage-Grouse Not Listed!

The US Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that listing of the Greater Sage-Grouse on the Endangered Species Act is not warranted. Similar to the Arctic grayling listing decision last year, extensive conservation efforts and partnerships were a key part of the … Continue reading


Big Hole River Fishing Closures Lift 9/16 (whoops)

MFWP Lifts Big Hole River Fishing Closures 9/16 – Entire River is Without Restriction (whoops) MFWP lifted Big Hole River Fishing Closures today, 9/16. The opening was in response to increased flows after heavy rain and snow over the last … Continue reading


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


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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