Vicki Watson

Born on a Texas prairie farm, Vicki grew up watching her parents struggle to protect their creek from upstream pollution. Her research, teaching, and service focus on watershed CPR (conservation, preservation, restoration). While researching water quality issues for federal, state and local government, Vicki helped develop Montana’s water quality standards and monitoring system and U.S. nutrient criteria. Much of her work focuses on Montana’s Clark Fork River basin which contains wilderness, working lands, and the country’s largest Superfund complex. She monitors the basin for the state, organizes Clark Fork Symposia and helped develop the Clark Fork part of the state water plan. Vicki managed over $3 million in grants over the past 35 years and provides pro bono assistance through the Watershed Clinic. Vicki is currently working on a Watershed Restoration Plan for the Central Clark Fork Basin.