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Watershed Stories

Across Montana, local conservation leaders are working together to protect our precious natural resources for the benefit of all. MWCC shares the commitment and impact of these individuals and organizations through our Watershed Stories Campaign. We hope the personal stories of Montanans committed to preserving our landscapes will inspire you to find and support your local watershed conservation organization.

Please join us in sharing these with your friends and networks! If you have any questions or want to support Montana watershed groups or the Watershed Stories Campaign, please contact MWCC’s Watershed Programs Coordinator by emailing

The Beaverhead Watershed Committee (BWC) was formed in August of 2001 by a group of landowners and stakeholders with a common goal of improving and repairing the environment across the watershed as a subdivision of Beaverhead Conservation District (BCD). Since that time the BWC has reached ridge to ridge with successful projects related to water quality, water quantity, fencing/grazing, weed management and outreach expansion. The committee is made up of a diverse group of volunteers representing all stakeholders within the watershed.

For more information about the Beaverhead Watershed Committee, visit their website.

Audio Story 1

Audio Story 2 (featuring Carl Malesich)

Audio Story 3 (featuring Matt Jaeger)

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The Bitter Root Water Forum is a community driven non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the traditions of agriculture, community, and recreation by protecting, enhancing, and restoring the Bitterroot watershed through on-the-ground restoration projects and watershed education.

For more information about the Bitter Root Water Forum, visit their website or contact them at

Audio Story 1 (The East Fork and Private land)

Audio Story 2 (The East Fork and Highway 93)

Audio Story 3 (River Clean-Up)

The Blackfoot Challenge is a landowner-led watershed group with the mission to coordinate efforts that conserve and enhance the natural resources and rural way of life in the Blackfoot Watershed of western Montana for present and future generations. By working together on shared values, we find solutions that stand the test of time.

For more information about the Blackfoot Challenge, visit their website or contact them at

Formed in 1946, Broadwater Conservation District is committed to meeting the needs of the citizens and landowners of Broadwater County, while striving to ensure the invaluable natural resources of this great state are protected and responsibly used for today and generations to come.

For more information about the Broadwater Conservation District, visit their website or contact them at

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Non-radio, extended version:


The Granite Headwaters Watershed Group brings diverse community members together to preserve and protect the landscape and resources of Granite County. 

For more information about Granite Headwaters, call the Granite Conservation District at (406) 859-3291, ext. 101.

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Madison Conservation District promotes the wise use of natural resources in our area through restoration projects, monitoring, education programs, and stream permitting.

For more information about the Madison Conservation District, visit their website or contact them at

The Musselshell Watershed Coalition is a partnership of individuals, organizations, and agencies working collaboratively towards whole basin management on the Musselshell River. For more information about the Coalition, visit their website or contact them at

Numerous partners in the Upper Clark Fork Watershed are bringing people together to restore and protect the lands and waters that nourish Upper Clark Fork communities from Butte to Missoula. Supported by the Natural Resource Damage Program, these partners are improving habitat, increasing natural water storage, educating the next generation of natural resource leaders, and much more. Read their stories below.

Founded in 2005, the Whitefish Lake Institute is committed to science, education, and community stewardship to protect and improve Whitefish Lake and Whitefish area water resources today, while providing a collective vision for tomorrow.

For more information about Whitefish Lake Institute, visit their website or contact them at

This campaign has been made possible with help from the Wilburforce Foundation, Resource Media, Greater Montana Foundation, Cross Charitable Foundation, Ruth & Toni Bader Charitable Foundation, Montana Department of Environmental Quality, Montana Natural Resource Damage Program, and the Arthur M Blank Family Foundation.

The Greater Montana Foundation benefits the people of Montana by encouraging communication, with an emphasis on electronic media, on issues, trends, and values of importance to present and future generations of Montanans.