Restore the Rest

Our strategic restoration projects focus on healing the headwaters of the Clark Fork River. We work with partners and landowners to remove environmental stressors, repair vulnerable streams, improve flow, restore habitat and water quality, and enhance water reliability in prioritized tributaries. Since 2003, we have re-watered thirsty creeks with over 25 billion gallons of water, restored 15 miles of riparian habitat, and reconnected 5 streams to rivers by removing fish barriers.

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Bitterroot

Fed by miles of creeks and streams tumbling from wilderness peaks, the Bitterroot River is a draw for thousands of anglers, sustains prime fish and wildlife habitat, and  supports thousands of acres of agriculture and a dozen communities.

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Blackfoot

If ever “a river ran through it,” it’s the Big Blackfoot River — the stuff of Montana legend that easily lives up to its fame. Over the past several decades it’s taken some hard knocks, but collaborative community partnerships are healing headwaters and staving off new threats.

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Clark Fork/Blackfoot Confluence

For 100 years, Milltown Dam blocked the confluence of the Clark Fork and Blackfoot rivers near Missoula, trapping toxic sediments and contaminating local drinking water. Now, the dam is out, the mining waste is gone, fish can swim back upstream, and two mighty rivers flow free once more.

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Flathead

The Flathead River drainage is one of the West’s great jewels–wilderness and Wild & Scenic River designations ensure that much of this pristine basin remains protected.  Unfortunately, invasive species are threatening the food web in its lakes and rivers.

 

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Lower Clark Fork

The Clark Fork becomes deep and wide as it flows toward its terminus in Lake Pend Oreille.  Here, creeks cascade through lush forests, providing critical habitat for the threatened native bull trout, Montana’s state fish.  Sadly, proposed mines threaten to discharge polluted wastewater into the river–forever.

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Middle Clark Fork

The scenic stretch of the Clark Fork from Missoula to the Flathead confluence offers incredible recreational benefits. Here, we connect thousands of people to caring for their hometown river through educational programs, and restore cold water to thirsty creeks.

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Upper Clark Fork

At the heart of Montana’s mining boom, the Upper Clark Fork provided the copper that electrified the nation.  But the meandering headwaters of the Clark Fork paid a heavy toll from the resulting pollution.  Today, this watershed is the center of one of the most remarkable restoration stories in the world.

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