May 2020 Committee Update Complete

In an abundance of caution and in response to the COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings, the Big Hole Watershed Committee has cancelled its scheduled public meetings in March, April, May, and June 2020. In lieu of meeting minutes, please enjoy this commitee report filled with information on BHWC’s programs, projects, and partner activities.

We hope to see you soon! In the meantime, stay safe & know that we are working as hard as ever for the Big Hole River.

Big Hole Featured in 2 Newspaper Articles; 1 Celebrates BHWC

Our beloved Big Hole watershed was recently featured in not one, but TWO, fantastic newspaper articles!

This article by the Montana Standard gives an in-depth review of the Big Hole’s history: ‘This is Montana’: Big Hole Country. The article summarizes the history of the Big Hole, touching on Native American use, “discovery” by Lewis & Clark, turn-of-the-century (1900) mining & logging, and current agriculture and recreational use.

The second article, this one by Montana Outdoors, focuses more on environmental activism and collaboration in the Big Hole watershed and specifically features the Big Hole Watershed Committee: Montana Outdoors: Give a Big Hand for the Big Hole.


SW Montana Bear Education Working Group Newsletter

The Southwest Montana Bear Education Working Group put together this spring newsletter regarding bears and their annual re-emergenceĀ on the landscape. We are sharing this far and wide in hopes that it will provide useful, timely informationĀ on bears, preventing conflicts and keeping people safe.

Read the newsletter here:

Photo by Chet Robertson, Upper Big Hole Range Rider

April 2020 Committee Update Complete

We made the difficult decision to cancel both our March and April meetings this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Our April meeting was planned for Wednesday, April 15th, 2020, 7pm at the Divide Grange. We had planned to discuss invasive weeds in the Big Hole watershed. It is important to us to protect our stakeholders and staff, but we also want to keep the ball moving and keep our members informed. So in lieu of meeting minute, we are providing this electronic report with committee & project updates as well as information on conservation topics relevant to the Big Hole watershed and its stakeholders.

We hope to see you soon! In the meantime, stay safe & know that we are working as hard as ever for the Big Hole River.

Take the Montana Streamgage User’s Survey

The Stream Gage Data Users survey was created by representatives from local nonprofits and state and federal agencies to help us understand how people and organization are using and accessing data. Whether you are a rancher, farmer, water commissioner, tribal representative, watershed group, an irrigator, outfitter/guide, or water rights holder, please complete the Montana Streamgage User’s Survey today. It is available here: