Monitor the Watershed

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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Stream Monitoring

Tracking vital signs is essential for understanding the overall health of the Clark Fork and its tributaries. We monitor 39 sites across the basin, taking flow and temperature measurements as well as photo documentation.

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Nutrient Monitoring

Algae grows in our waters as a result of overly high nitrogen and phosphorus levels—or, in plain language, “nutrient pollution.” The Clark Fork basin has set an example for how to tackle this slippery problem with a combination of education, regulations, and innovative partnerships.

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Watershed Vulnerability Assessment

We partnered with the Lolo National Forest (LNF) to understand and conceptualize the magnitude of potential climatic change and the relative vulnerability of three forest resources on the LNF. Our shared goal: to help managers prioritize actions for maintaining or improving resiliency in the face of climate change.

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Central Clark Fork WRP

A Watershed Restoration Plan (WRP) is being created for the Central Clark Fork basin. A WRP analyzes a watershed’s problems and develops a strategic plan to improve water quality, aquatic habitat, and watershed functions in a cost effective way.

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