2015 Progress

MWCC assisted in placing 20 Big Sky Watershed Corps members with watershed groups throughout Montana. Big Sky Watershed Corps members directly enhance the capacity of local watershed groups by providing over 1,300 hours of direct service to their host watershed group. The program amounts to over 25,000 hours of services statewide per year. Big Sky Watershed Corps members coordinate volunteer monitoring teams, create watershed restoration and sampling and analysis plans, implement restoration projects, and develop drought management strategies.

In Summer 2015, MWCC partnered with the Montana Wetland Council to provide a two-day workshop on passive restoration. This training attracted a sold-out crowd of state and federal agency resource managers and local watershed coordinators.

In October 2015, MWCC hosted a successful, first-ever joint meeting with the Montana Chapter of the American Water Resources Association (AWRA). The meeting highlighted the integration of science and management across Montana and had a record number of participants.

The MWCC Watershed News, our bi monthly newsletter, has significantly increased its readership to over 800 recipients and an average open rate of 33% and click through rate of 13%, which exceeds industry averages.