Current Projects Description

Watershed Projects Database

Restoration Planning: This database will help in locating potential cost shares and partnerships; in achieving a critical mass of effort in a watershed; in coordinating between projects; and in achieving greater geographical dispersion of available funds.  This database was under construction when this description was compiled in early 2002.

Data Description:  The Montana University System Water Center is developing an online database of watershed projects, that is, projects undertaken to conserve, restore or protect watersheds & associated
resources. Database currently includes NRCS  EQIP projects (year to year ), DEQ's 319 projects (1990-2001), and FWP's Future Fisheries projects (1996-2000). Eventually, more kinds of projects will be added, and the database will become searchable by watershed, county, project type, etc. Also, it may be possible in future for individuals or groups to add information about their projects online. Database is under development and will be actively maintained by the Montana Water Center or possibly by NRIS.
Location of sample sites/areas assessed:  Watershed projects throughout the state
Nature of location information: latitude/longitude &/or range/township/section
Information stored: project title, responsible agency & contact person, funding agency & program, award amount & year, begin & end date, project status, location of project.
Contact information: Kathy Stephens <stephens@montana.edu>
Montana University System Water Center               http://water.montana.edu
101 Huffman Bldg., Montana State University, Bozeman, MT  59717
(406) 994-1772
Website:  http://water.montana.edu/watersheds/wsprojects/default.htm
Recommendations for making the info more useful: include a project description (purpose, objectives); include GPS coordinates for location so projects can be displayed on a clickable map; include more kinds of projects, such as TMDL's, DNRC projects, other fisheries & waterfowl habitat restoration projects, WHIP, WRP, NRDP projects.     

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Mineland Restoration Educational Website

Restoration Planning:  This website contains a wealth of information on remediation and restoration of mining-impacted sites.  There are case histories of the ongoing work at Anaconda and Silver Bow Creek, as well as general information, references and web links on many aspects of remediation and restoration.  This is an excellent site for learning about current practices and available technology.

Data Description:  "This site addresses the approaches used to reclaim, restore and mitigate the ecological impacts resulting from mining disturbances. Here you will soon find links to research reports, case histories, educational materials, technology developments, virtual tours and links to sites that provide relevant information."  The site is a joint project of  the Research Reclamation Center and the Water Center at Montana State University along with the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Montana Department of Environmental Quality and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Major sections of the web site are described below.

  • Case Histories - These describe ongoing or completed remediation project for Superfund sites, coal mines and metal mines.  For the Upper Clark Fork Basin, the Superfund sites that are covered include Anaconda and Silver Bow Creek.  Information is provided on project start and end dates, location, cost, responsible party and partners, history of site, photos (pre-, during, and post-remediation), design and construction narratives, monitoring, contacts and references.  Descriptions of metal mine reclamation include a few smaller mines in the Upper Clark Fork Basin.  
  • Technology Guide - This provides a general descriptions, references and web links for topics including how mining is done, environmental impacts of mining, the regulatory framework, the remediation planning process, health and safety, sampling and analytical methods for water, soil and vegetation, data quality, site assessment, and available technologies for prediction, construction and monitoring.
  • Photos - Sorted by location or remediation topic
  • Resources - These include a glossary, educational materials, products and services and links

Website: http://ecorestoration.montana.edu

Contact Information: ert@montana.edu

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Montana Watershed Groups Directory

 

Restoration Planning: Useful for determining local citizens groups for possible collaboration on restoration projects, or to gain information on what these groups may already be doing in the basin.  The list depends on volunteer contribution thus may not reflect all groups in a particular area.

Data Description: The Montana Water Center maintains a listing of local, watershed-based citizen's groups in the state. The list is maintained through an on-line interactive database where people may add or edit their own group's information.  Currently (March 2002) 38 groups are listed.  The list of groups can be browsed directly or searched by keywords.  Information on each group varies but may include:

MISSION STATEMENT ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE
AFFECTED WATERSHED AFFILIATIONS
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION FUNDING OPERATIONS
HYDROLOGIC UNIT CODE FUNDING ACTIVITIES
COUNTY CONTACT NAME & TITLE
SIZE ADDRESS
HISTORY & BACKGROUND CITY, STATE, ZIP
MAJOR ISSUES PHONE, FAX, EMAIL
MEMBERSHIP WEB URL
WATERSHED GOALS CURRENT NEWS
SIGNIFICANT ACCOMPLISHMENTS REPORT SUBMITTED BY
GIS UTILIZATION LAST UPDATE

Website: Montana Water Center 

Contact information: Kathy Stephens <stephens@montana.edu>
Montana University System Water Center               http://water.montana.edu
101 Huffman Bldg., Montana State University, Bozeman, MT  59717
(406) 994-1772

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Blackfoot River Watershed/Fishery Restoration Projects

Restoration Planning:  The Blackfoot River watershed & fishery restoration projects web site is part of a larger web site maintained by the US Fish & Widlife Service, describing habitat restoration projects around the country.  We recommend the Blackfoot part of this web site as a model for an NRDP projects web site.

Data Description:  For each focus area (like the Blackfoot), the web site describes:

  • the area (in this case the Blackfoot watershed),
  • species to be recovered,
  • strategies for restoring the species of concern,
  • partners involved in projects,
  • accomplishments to date,  
  • future needs,
  • past & current projects

When you click on the Projects section, you see a map of the Blackfoot watershed with the projects numbered (clickable) on the map. There is also a clickable list of the projects named by creek. Clicking on a project takes you to a description of that project, including text, a map of the basin showing the project creek, and pictures of the area. Some project descriptions include the results of pre- & post-project studies.

Website: http://www.r6.fws.gov/pfw/montana/mt5c.htm

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Watershed Groups in the Clark Fork Basin

Clark Fork Coalition

Tri-State Water Quality Council

Montana Trout Unlimited

Clark Fork River Technical Assistance Committee

Upper Clark Fork Steering Committee (no web page, contact Gerald Mueller  gmueller@in-tch.com for information.