Join the Momentum. Partner with us.

SkyWe are celebrating our 20th Anniversary this year.   We are inviting you to help us celebrate 20 more.

Looking back to 1995, times have change. The Big Hole Watershed Committee did more than create a watershed group. It created a fundamental shift for the better in the value, partnership, community, and perception of the Big Hole River in a way that we hope will last for generations.

Group PhotoBig Hole Watershed Committee provides leadership to bring people and resources together and address watershed challenges. Our ability meet challenges is stronger than ever.

Since the spring, BHWC together with our partners secured near $1.7 million in restoration funds to be invested in the Big Hole River watershed over the next year. Watch us at work with our partners preventing predator conflict in the Upper Big Hole, operating drought response and the Big Hole River Drought Management Plan, funding USGS gage fees, our largest projects ever at work on Mount Haggin this summer – capturing sediment, creating the largest native fishery stronghold in the Big Hole, and restoring a natural floodplain  . . . and so much more. Next year will be one of our best years yet!

Join the momentum. Partner with us.

Your contribution helps us meet new challenges.

Would you please support us, contribute, and be part of the next 20 years?

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Mail your donation to: BHWC, PO Box 21, Divide, MT 59727

Happy Holidays, and enjoy the snow season!

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Big Hole Sage Grouse – Meeting Notes

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The BHWC November 2015 meeting topic was Big Hole Sage Grouse. We enjoyed presentations from Montana DNRC and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks related to the policy and legal status of sage grouse, population status in the Big Hole area, … Continue reading


Enjoy our Fall 2015 Newsletter

Our Fall 2015 Newsletter is Here!

Click Here to view or download the entire Fall 2015 BHWC Newsletter

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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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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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