Students have assisted numerous Montana groups and government agencies
with developing & executing watershed monitoring and conservation/restoration
plans, TMDLs, use support assessments, baseline & post restoration
studies. Students have also written successful grant proposals to
fund these efforts.
The Clinic's Stream Team has covered a lot of Montana territory in the past 8 years as they helped the Montana Department of Environmental Quality characterize Montana's streams. A few of their recent stream encounters are recorded on this youtube video.
Students get down and dirty restoring watersheds. Here are
students helping replant native vegetation along Obrien Creek, Bear
Creek, Pearson Creek and Warren Creek.
Students also help restore uplands; here they remove exotic weeds
from the Mt. Sentinel prairie, thus reducing the need to use herbicides.
UM s tudents and other citizens protect Missoula's drinking water
aquifer by collecting household hazardous waste for disposal (below),
and stenciling storm drains to prevent dumping waste.
For 20 years, Clinic students have studied nutrients &
nuisance algae in the Clark Fork, producing one of
the longest,most complete data sets on river algae. This data
set has been used by the EPA as a basis for setting national nutrient
and algae criteria and was vital to developing a Voluntary Nutrient
Reduction Plan for the Clark Fork River.
In cooperation with Watershed Education Network, Clinic students assist & train local teachers, K-12 students and other
citizens in carrying out volunteer stream monitoring programs. Students have also assisted the Montana Natural History
Center in providing an annual Watershed Festival, developed water-related
curricula for schools and helped groups develop web pages on their
Clark Fork Symposium
Fork Basin Information System
Fork Basin Wetlands
Watershed Conservation Course
Student reports on many projects are on
the Clark Fork River Symposium website.
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Students have helped design and conduct public opinion surveys on water related topics.