BHWC Executive Director, Jen Downing, Awarded 2019 Montana Watershed Stewardship Award

Big news! Our very own Jen Downing, Executive Director of the Big Hole Watershed Committee for the last 6+ years, has been awarded the 2019 Montana Watershed Stewardship Award! This is a big deal – the award is only given out every other year to two individuals and/or groups out of the whole state – and boy does Jen deserve it!

In her time with BHWC, Jen has significantly improved the operating capacity of BHWC, built community relationships, updated our bylaws, increased our staff size, updated & implemented the Big Hole River drought plan, worked to coordinate & oversee the massive restoration efforts on Mount Haggin (along with several of our partners), pushed for legislation to figure out stream gage funding, and so much more. She’s also been a great friend & mentor to so many of us, and we’re thrilled that she was selected for this prestigious award as she prepares to depart from our organization.


Read our Fall 2018 Newsletter

The most recent edition of our newsletter has just been published. Read up for updates on recent & upcoming events, completed & current projects, new developments within BHWC, and more. Thanks again to Greenfield Printers for another wonderful print job!

View the newsletter here.

BHWC Announces Release of French Gulch Restoration Film

We are very proud to release this short documentary on our work to restore the French Gulch and Moose Creek tributaries of the Big Hole River.  After 150 years of intensive gold mining, French Gulch now flows freely in its last 3 miles, thanks to a major restoration project undertaken by the Big Hole Watershed Committee in partnership with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

See the film and find out more here:


Change in Leadership Planned as Executive Director Steps Down

Dear Friends of the Big Hole,

        I would like to share my change in plans with you, as I have decided to step down as Executive Director of the Big Hole Watershed Committee. 

        This decision initiates a planned change in leadership for the organization. I will stay in a continued limited capacity as a replacement is sought, which will likely take several months. I am committed to supporting the organization as new leadership is selected for a smooth transition. (more…)