Water Committee

The MWCC Water Committee is a group of technical water professionals who work to connect MWCC and the broader Montana watershed community with the best available information on water resource management/monitoring/research and the agencies/organizations working in these areas. The committee acts as a sounding board for the MWCC board and other MWCC committees on technical water topics and consults on MWCC project development and implementation efforts. The committee strives to help keep the MWCC board and recipients of the Watershed News abreast of important technical water resource topics in the state. The committee is home to the Water Activities Work Group (WAWG) and to the Monitoring and Groundwater workgroups that have existed in the past and which may be reformed as needed in the future as ad hoc workgroups.

Committee Activities

  • Monthly Conference Calls
  • Fall Project Tour
  • 319 Project Proposal Review
  • Training and Event Planning Support
  • NRCS National Water Quality Initiative Project Consultation
  • Water Activities Work Group (WAWG) serves as the Water Subcommittee for the NRCS state technical advisory committee (STAC)
  • Current Special Topics:
    • Web resource development
    • Compiling a riparian assessments summary document for stream teams or citizen scientists
    • Providing guidance on allocating MWCC pass-through DEQ 319 funding for BSWC member nonpoint source pollution projects

Water Committee Members:

Katie Makarowski
Water Quality Specialist
Katie grew up in rural upstate New York. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies in 2004 at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. She moved to Missoula in 2007 to attend graduate school at the University of Montana and, in 2009, earned her Master of Science degree in watershed ecology through the Environmental Studies Department. While in graduate school, Katie spent two field seasons monitoring water quality across Montana for the Department of Environmental Quality’s Reference Stream Project. She has worked in Helena for DEQ’s Water Quality Planning Bureau since 2010 monitoring and assessing statewide surface water quality. Katie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, adventuring with her boyfriend (Ryan) and dog (Guthrie), cooking, doing artwork, seeing live music, gardening, rock hunting and exploring Montana. She is pleased to be a part of the Montana Watershed Coordination Council and is inspired by the many Montanans who are passionately protecting and preserving our water resources. Happy monitoring!
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Mark Ockey
Water Activities Work Group Leader
Mark Ockey was raised in western Oregon and Washington, where he spent most of his free time fishing, bird-watching, hiking, and exploring in the Cascade Mountains and Puget Sound. He received a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy from Brigham Young University. Following graduation from college, he met and married the lovely Jennifer Whitfield. She and he now have a beautiful daughter who is quickly becoming Mark’s favorite fishing buddy. Mark’s professional work has included nutrient management planning and outreach and education for conservation districts in Washington State. He also spent several years working in DEQ’s Permitting and Compliance Division, first in the coal mine permitting program, and then as the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation discharge permit coordinator. Currently, Mark enjoys working in DEQ’s nonpoint source pollution prevention program where he has primary responsibility for working with agricultural groups, and with CDs and watershed groups in central and eastern Montana. Mark finds great satisfaction in building relationships with members of the ag’ community to promote voluntary efforts to reduce nonpoint source pollution.
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