Reports & Publications



To inspire greater participation in caring for clean water, we write, create, and produce a variety of multimedia designed to boost watershed awareness and learning. Our communications materials enable members and supporters to act and participate in key issues and decisions, and help propel the nationally significant story of the Clark Fork River’s recovery into the regional and national spotlight.


View all CFC videos on our YouTube channel. Watch our current spotlight to learn more about our work to make the Clark Fork watershed healthy and whole.


Riffles is our newsletter that bring you news you need to know about the Clark Fork watershed:


Browse back-issues of our previous newsletter, Currents:


Grant Creek Riparian Assessment 2021. This document presents the results from a 2021 assessment of Grant Creek, an important but sometimes overlooked tributary to the Clark Fork on the west side of the Missoula valley. The purpose of this report is to provide current data on the condition of the Grant Creek riparian corridor, including stream health, channel condition, hydrology, and fisheries habitat. It is intended to fill data gaps in our knowledge about the ecological health of Grant Creek, and to provide a tool for planning future conservation and restoration activities.

Montana Beaver Conflict Resolution Project 2019-2021 Impact Report Clark Fork Coalition, National Wildlife Federation and Defenders of Wildlife collaboratively launched the Beaver Conflict Resolution Pilot Project in 2019 with a three-fold goal: 1) to build greater tolerance for beavers on our landscape, 2) to reduce beaver-related problems like flooding and tree-felling via nonlethal methods, and 3) to educate our partners about these methods.

Upper Clark Fork Slicken Assessment Report 2020 (and 2019 Report). Risk assessment of toxic “slickens” in unremediated reaches of the Upper Clark Fork River documenting and ranking erosion and avulsion risks. The erosion and collapse of berms around these contaminated deposits are the likely source of a Sept. 2019 fish kill. In response to this report, in August 2020 the State of Montana installed erosion control structures to prevent further release of slickens until comprehensive cleanup can begin in these areas.

Aquatic Restoration Strategy for the Upper Clark Fork. Elements of an Integrated Approach: CFC’s guiding document informs our restoration priorities for the Upper Clark Fork, outlines our vision of integrated tributary restoration, and reflects concerns of agricultural landowners, recreational stakeholders and urban users.

Working with Water: Tools for Landowners. This easy-to-read brochure outlines options for landowners and water users who are interested in implementing water conservation or efficiency projects on private lands.

Dry Cottonwood Creek Ranch: Restoration Solutions for Working Lands. This brochure details lessons learned from Dry Cottonwood Creek Ranch in the Upper Clark Fork, including the grass-fed beef program, Superfund cleanup, and more.

Landowners Guide: A guide to fixing streams on working lands in the Upper Clark Fork. Produced in partnership with the Watershed Restoration Coalition, this guide offers tips for landowners to navigate the “who, what, and how” of fixing streams: diagnosing the problems, designing the right solution, and finding the money and technical know-how to get the job done.

Stream Care Guide. One of CFC’s most popular publications, this guide offers Montana residents practical tips to help make their home and property “stream-friendly.”

Low Flows, Hot Trout. Decades of data and observation point to a clear conclusion — the Clark Fork basin is experiencing a very real shift in climate. Our climate report takes a look at how changes in air temperature, stream temperature, snowpack, and runoff are impacting rivers, people, fish and wildlife.

Resilience Matters—Strengthening Communities in an Era of Upheaval. Karen Knudsen’s op-ed, “Beware the privatization of your town’s water,” is included in a new e-book compilation by the Urban Resilience Project. The project’s goal is to advance a holistic, transformative approach to thinking and action on urban resilience in the era of climate change, an approach grounded in a commitment to sustainability and equity.


Every five years, CFC engages in organization-wide strategic planning. The resulting five-year plan informs yearly goals, work plans and program budgets.


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