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.
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.More >
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.More >
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.More >