What We Do

The Clark Fork Coalition protects and restores the Clark Fork River basin, a 14-million-acre watershed draining over 28,000 miles of rivers and streams in Western Montana and northern Idaho. We achieve this mission through three complementary strategies: protect clean water, restore degraded waterways, and engage people in the critical work of caring for their rivers.

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Protect the Best

At the Coalition, we keep tabs on projects that could potentially impact clean water in the Clark Fork basin. From lingering pollution problems, to impacts from new projects, to harms caused by nonnative species, we work with diverse partners to protect what matters most in our watershed.

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Protect the Best

We work with a diversity of partners to protect clean water strongholds and intact reaches of the watershed, while also safeguarding areas already restored over the past several decades.

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Restore the Rest

We work closely with private landowners, conservation partners and public agencies on projects to remove contamination, add water to depleted creeks, reconnect tributaries to main-stem rivers, and improve habitat for fish and wildlife.

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Engage Our Communities

The future of the Clark Fork watershed depends on the people who use it. We educate adults young people about watershed basics, provide hands-on volunteer opportunities, hold community events and river cleanups, and work to inspire and train our communities to keep our rivers healthy for the long haul.

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Monitor Watershed Health

Monitoring the health of our creeks and streams tells us how the Clark Fork basin is faring, and how our projects are performing. Our restoration and water leasing projects span hundreds of miles of the Clark Fork basin–we are committed to ensuring these projects are effective for improving habitat and water quality.

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Our Ranch

Historic floods in the twentieth century deposited toxic mining waste along 40+ miles of riverbanks in the headwaters of the Clark Fork River system — and the catastrophe hit working ranches hardest. In 2005, the Clark Fork Coalition purchased a working ranch smack dab in the middle of the Clark Fork Superfund site to see first-hand how a cleanup would impact a working cow-calf operation.

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Eight Gr8 Campaign

The Eight Gr8 Trout Streams Campaign aims to re-water, rehabilitate, and reconnect eight high-priority native trout strongholds in the Upper Clark Fork River basin in western Montana, helping to ensure aquatic conditions reach their full ecological potential in support of a restored world-class trout fishery.

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