Watershed Stories

  • March 22, 2017

    Registration Now Open! Creative and Effective Watershed Planning, April 17-18th

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    Register now for MWCC’s Spring Training on “Creative and Effective Watershed Planning.” Effective watershed restoration planning can be a step stone to more than one conservation program and a good plan is more than just a hoop to jump through. In partnership with the Montana DEQ non-point source program, MWCC is offering a two-day training on watershed […]
  • March 8, 2017

    Likin’ the Lichen

    Check out this great article about the contribution lichen and mosses play in rangeland health.    
  • March 2, 2017

    Check out MWCC’s State of the Watersheds Report!

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    We’re still working with our partners at the DNRC to get the report printed, but until we do please feel free to download the report from here, and sign up in the form below to have a report sent to you! The State of the Watersheds Report is the first time MWCC has had the […]
  • March 2, 2017

    Headwaters Economics releases “Know Your Economy: Tools for Every Community”

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    This new tool allows users to engage with an interactive map that provides a detailed socioeconomic report that shows trends for population, employment, personal income, earnings, and jobs by industry, non-labor, income, and more. Check it out and learn something about your county! Click HERE to access the page.    
  • March 2, 2017

    Scott Pruitt is officially appointed as Administrator of the EPA

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    The Senate voted 52-46 to confirm Scott Pruitt as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Reactions have been mixed and Montana’s Senators are no different. You can click HERE to read the statement released by Senator Daines.  Below is the release on Pruitt’s confirmation from Senator Tester’s office: TESTER SUPPORTS CLEAN AIR AND CLEAN […]
  • February 9, 2017

    Watershed Day & Awards Ceremony, March 20th 2017

      On March 20th, MWCC will bring members of the watershed directory together to tell your stories of success in natural resource stewardship to your local policy makers here and other state representatives and agency personnel. MWCC’s network is diverse, statewide, and incorporates so many different entities, including conservation districts, watershed groups, agencies both state […]
  • February 7, 2017

    Check out MWCC’s State of the Watersheds Report!

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    We’re still working with our partners at the DNRC to get the report printed, but until we do please feel free to download the report from here, and sign up in the form below to have a report sent to you! The State of the Watersheds Report is the first time MWCC has had the […]
  • January 25, 2017

    DEQ Comments on EPA Funding Freeze

    Tuesday, January 24, 2017 DEQ Statement on EPA funding: DEQ learned today of a freeze on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant and contract funding. This is a new situation that we are monitoring and we are working with other states to find out more information on impacts. We rely on funding from EPA to implement federal […]
  • January 25, 2017

    Live! O.F.C. Vintages Auction

    MWCC is honored to be selected for this unique opportunity to auction the rare 1980 Kentucky Bourbon from O.F.C. Vintages. MWCC is a statewide network that unites and supports Montana’s watershed communities.  Watershed groups are locally led and engaged in community based conservation. MWCC supports these groups by providing training and resources, direct financial support, […]
  • January 13, 2017

    MWCC 2017 Annual Meeting

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    At the 2017 MWCC Annual Meeting, MWCC will bring watershed coordinators and agency personnel together for a dynamic information sharing experience. Registration is closed. MWCC Annual Meeting  February 3, 2017 10:00 am – 5:00p TWO Locations: 10:00a Montana WILD 2668 Broadwater Avenue, Helena, Montana 4:30p Ten Mile Creek Brewing 46 N Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT AGENDA […]
  • January 6, 2017

    Now Accepting Applications for Watershed & Wetland Stewardship Awards

    MWCC and the Montana Wetland Council are now accepting applications for the Wetland & Watershed steward awards. Application available here. Guidelines Wetland and watershed projects/activities do not need to be complete to be eligible. Nominations can be made by anyone, including oneself. Nominations are due January 15, 2017. The recipients will be selected by the Montana […]
  • January 6, 2017

    Check out the MWCC 2017 Legislative Bulletin!

    MWCC 2017 Legislative Bulletin Check out our first Legislative Bulletin! For the first time ever, MWCC is compiling a legislative bulletin that’s updated and sent out bi-weekly to those that sign up. The bulletin contains bills pertinent to watershed groups, funding, and general conservation. Additionally, we will be including ways to get involved and information […]
  • December 28, 2016

    Introducing MWCC’s New Web Page

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    We have been working hard to get a new, easy to use website up so that different groups and individuals can find the information they need. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments!
  • November 2, 2016

    Amy Seaman, of Montana Audubon, on “The Cascading Success of Wetland Restoration”

    The Cascading Success of Wetland Restoration Amy Seaman, Associate Director of Conservation, MT Audubon and MWCC Board Member Just south of Ennis MT, in the shadow of The Sphinx, the Granger Ranches is a decade into the long process of restoring over 1,000 acres of valuable wetland habitat east of the Madison River along O’Dell creek. […]
  • August 22, 2016

    2016 Symposium Vendor Information

    The MWCC Symposium is a dynamic advertising opportunity. Upwards of 150 water professionals will be in attendance. Attending water professionals go on to hire professional services that they originally access through the conference. Promotional opportunities include sponsorship advertising or representation at vendor tables. A vendor space alone is available for a donation of $250 and […]
  • August 8, 2016

    In 2016, MWCC welcomed Sierra Harris to its Board of Directors!

    Sierra Harris is a native Montanan and has been working in the Natural Resources field for over 20 years. Sierra joined TNC in March 2015 and works as the Freshwater Conservation Project Manager in Montana. Prior to working for the Nature Conservancy, she worked for three and a half years as the coordinator for the […]
  • June 24, 2016

    MWCC, Water Activities Work Group 2016 Project Tour August 30-31st!

    2016 WAWG Projects Tour – 8/30/2016 through 8/31/2016 After missing the 2015 annual tour, the WAWG is back at it for 2016. We’re super excited about this upcoming opportunity to tour watershed restoration projects within the Big Hole and Upper Clark Fork watersheds. Come catch the enthusiasm from local landowners and watershed groups and leave […]
  • June 20, 2016

    Now Accepting Big Sky Watershed Corps Host Applications-Due July 18th.

    Check out our BSWC Page for more information and download the application: http://www.mtwatersheds.org/committees/big-sky-watershed-corps/
  • May 20, 2016

    Accessing Information on MT’s Animals, Plants, and Biological Communities Webinar-May 26th!

    Accessing Information on MT’s Animals, Plants, and Biological Communities  Thursday, May 26th 12pm MST-Register here Presenter: Bryce Maxell from Montana Natural Heritage Program Information managed by MTNHP includes taxonomy, biology, ecology, and conservation status information for nearly 8,000 plant and animal species and nearly 150 terrestrial and aquatic communities, nearly 1.7 million animal observation records, […]
  • May 11, 2016

    Accessing Groundwater Information Webinar-May 12th!

    Accessing Groundwater Information  Thursday, May 12th 12pm-Register here Presenter: Jeremy Crowley from Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology One of the major components of MBMG (Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology) work is the Ground Water Information Center (GWIC), which is an online database containing nearly 300,000 well, 2,600 spring, and 950 long-term groundwater monitoring […]
  • April 28, 2016

    Webinar on the Montana Water Information System-April 28th!

    Overview of the Montana Water Information System Thursday, April 28th 12pm MST-Register Here Presenter: Troy Blanford from Montana State Library The Montana Water Information System (WIS) organizes water-related information from multiple state and federal agencies and makes it discoverable from one starting place. The WIS makes high quality data on surface water, groundwater, water rights, […]
  • March 23, 2016

    MWCC Hosts State Procurement Webinar April 14th!

    State Procurement Thursday, April 14th 12pm MST –Register here. Presenter: Robyn Boyle from Montana Department of Environmental Quality This webinar will review how state agencies, specifically DEQ, procures services, and how those agencies enter into contractual agreements. Participants will have an opportunity to participate in procurement and contract management training and ask any questions they […]
  • March 23, 2016

    Clark Fork Task Force Re visioning Meeting Scheduled for April 15th!

    MWCC is excited to have received support through the Bonneville Environmental Foundation to facilitate a series of meetings assisting the Clark Fork Task Force in re-defining its purpose, objectives, membership, and possibly its name. The first meeting will be April 15th, 10-1p in Missoula.  If you’re a member, friend, or supporter of the Task Force, we hope you […]
  • March 21, 2016

    Training Archive

    MWCC Past Events & Training Materials 2016 Annual Meeting           MWCC 2015 Symposium and Joint Meeting with American Water Resources Association, Montana Chapter     Fall 2015 Passive Restoration Training
  • February 29, 2016

    BLM & MWCC Funding Opportunity for Watershed Capacity

    Thanks to a partnership with Bureau of Land Management, the Montana Watershed Coordination Council (MWCC) is available to assist conservation groups in eastern Montana who have a watershed goal or idea, but could use assistance building a specific capacity needed in order to reach their goals. In 2014, this program provided the opportunity for strategic watershed […]
  • February 19, 2016

    MWCC 2015 Annual Report Now Available!

    Check out our What We Do page for a downloadable MWCC Annual Report.  You may also request a physical copy from our office by contacting Erin Farris-Olsen, erin@mtwatersheds.org.
  • February 10, 2016

    New Funding Opportunity through MWCC & MT Watercourse!

    Montana Watershed Coordination Council & Montana Watercourse is offering, with support of the US Environmental Protection Agency, a mini grant opportunity to local Montana watershed communities. Purpose: The purpose of the Environmental Education Local Mini Grants Program is to support locally-focused environmental education projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provide […]
  • January 27, 2016

    RSVP for 2016 MWCC Annual Meeting February 12th, 2016

     The 2016 MWCC Annual Meeting will be a one-stop Montana networking opportunity with local beer-to boot! When? February 12, 2016, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Where? 9:00a Montana WILD (2668 Broadwater Avenue, Helena, Montana); 3:00p Ten Mile Brewing Co. (46 N Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT 46 N Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT) Agenda: http://www.mtwatersheds.org/2016-annual-meeting/ RSVP: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GXG3QNY Hope to see you there!  
  • January 20, 2016

    Ten Mile Mural Fundraiser this Sunday, January 24th 12p-8p: Music, Beer, and Raffle!

    We’re just over halfway to our fundraising goal for the Ten Mile Watershed Mural! Stop on by Ten Mile Brewing on January 24th to check out our progress, enjoy some music, and drink a beverage to support the mural! A portion of the day’s proceeds will go to the Montana Watershed Coordination Council and the […]
  • December 1, 2015

    Donate to MWCC today to support the Ten Mile Tile Mural

    We at MWCC love partnerships! That is why MWCC is joining up with Ten Mile Brewing Co. and Mel Griffin, a local ceramic artist, to place a 4×12 foot (yes, it’s going to be HUGE!) ceramic art piece in perfect view of the Helena walking mall to remind fellow Helenians of the city’s unique placement […]
  • October 21, 2015

    Watershed Management Grant Program Conference Call Follow Up

    MWCC’s Water Activities Working Group and DNRC-CARD hosted a conference call on 10/20 to explain and answer questions regarding the new Watershed Management Grant (WMG) opportunity available through DNRC.  See the program fact sheet for details: Watershed Management Grant Program Fact Sheet. Additional program information is available here. The conference call generated these WMG FAQs. The audience […]
  • October 19, 2015

    Conference Call (10/20/2015) for the new Watershed Management Grant Program!

    Tomorrow (10/20) at 1:00p, MWCC’s Water Activities Working Group and DNRC-CARD will host a conference call to explain and answer questions regarding the new Watershed Management Grant opportunity available through DNRC.  See the program fact sheet for details: Watershed Program Fact Sheet. Please RSVP by emailing info@mtwatersheds.org to make sure we reserve enough space for […]
  • October 7, 2015

    2015 Joint MWCC Symposium & AWRA Meeting

    Are you missing the Symposium?  Check out the Wednesday morning panel presentation line up and presentation Part 1 & Part 2 right here! Don’t want to miss out next year? Mark your calendar for the 2016 MWCC Symposium in Billings, MT October 24th-26th!
  • August 4, 2015

    MWCC Review of Non Point Source Project Proposals-August 12!

    Dear 319 Program Project Sponsors and Water Activities Workgroup Supporters, Please join the MWCC Water Activities Work Group for our annual review of the 319 Nonpoint Source Program Preliminary Project Proposals. We have 12 exciting proposals to comment on this year, so we hope you all will join us for the August 12th review meeting […]
  • July 29, 2015

    2015 Symposium Registration is Open!

    Montana Watershed Coordination Council is excited to partner with AWRA and pair the High Divide Capacity Building Workshop with our 2015 Symposium. Two programs +One week=Dynamic Opportunity for our MT Watershed Groups! Activities will run October 5-9th.  Registration and “schedule at a glance” are now live on our website! We look forward to seeing you […]
  • July 20, 2015

    Now Accepting Abstracts for the MWCC-AWRA Symposium!

    Do you have a story of watershed groups and scientists working well together? Where together they accomplished more than either could have alone? If so, please consider submitting an abstract for our 2015 Symposium in Missoula October 7-9, 2015. We invite presentations on all aspects of the science and management of Montana’s water resources with […]
  • July 10, 2015

    Now Accepting BSWC Host Site Applications!

    See our BSWC Page for details.
  • June 19, 2015

    Summer Workshop

        MWCC is please to announce our joint workshop with the Montana Wetland Council: Passive Restoration 101. REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS FULL BUT YOU MAY STILL APPLY FOR THE WAIT LIST. PassiveRestoration101Description [Registration Form in Word] PassiveRestoration101Registration [Registration Form PDF] PassiveRestoration101Registration  
  • May 15, 2015

    MWCC Hires New Executive Director

    MWCC is excited to announce that we have hired an Executive Director – Erin Farris-Olsen of Helena! Erin is a graduate in Environmental Studies and Communication from Carroll College and Natural Resources Law at the University of Oregon. Erin spent her younger years serving as an outdoor educator for the public school outdoor program in […]
  • April 7, 2015

    Wetland & Watershed Stewardship Award Winners Announced

    Montana Wetland Council and Montana Watershed Coordination Council are pleased to announce the 2015 Wetland and Watershed Stewardship Award Recipients. Every two years, the Montana Wetland Council and the Montana Watershed Coordination Council jointly honor stewardship award recipients. The Montana Wetland Stewardship Awards recognize individuals and/or teams who exemplify excellence, innovation and extraordinary commitment in […]
  • January 27, 2015

    MWCC Annual General Meeting AGENDA

    Join us for our annual general meeting on January 29th, 2015 at Montana WILD in Helena.
  • January 14, 2015

    Watershed and Wetland Stewardship Award Call for Nominations

    Every two years, the Montana Wetland Council and the Montana Watershed Coordination Council jointly honor recipients of two stewardship awards: The Montana Wetland Stewardship Awards, and the Montana Watershed Stewardship Award. The Montana Wetland Stewardship Awards recognize individuals and/or teams who exemplify excellence, innovation and extraordinary commitment in wetland protection, restoration, and conservation. The Montana […]
  • January 9, 2015

    MWCC Seeks New Executive Director

    Update: As of May 1, we have hired for this position. Please go here for the announcement on our new executive director. The Montana Watershed Coordination Council is now hiring for its Executive Director. MWCC seeks a motivated and dynamic individual to lead our growing statewide organization. Applicants should be familiar with watersheds and natural […]
  • January 9, 2015

    MWCC Annual General Meeting

    MWCC will be hosting its AGM at the Montana Wild center in Helena, on Thursday, January 29 from 9-4. This year’s focus will be on the 2015 Legislative Session and will include: A panel discussion on natural resource issues affecting Montana in 2015 Navigating the legislative session including how to use the LAWS tracking system […]
  • January 9, 2015

    Coming Up: Watershed Wednesday

    Watershed Wednesday is an event that MWCC hosts during legislative years for watershed groups to come to Helena and table during the legislature. This is an educational opportunity to share the great work you do with our representatives. This year’s WW will be an afternoon session and MWCC will provide coffee and treats for legislators […]
  • January 8, 2015


    In response to a recent Bozeman Daily Chronicle article about the state of Montana’s waters, which was reposted in our Watershed News, the MWCC board of directors has released this op-ed to clarify the state of Montana’s waters and tell more of the story..  Read the article here: MWCC_OpEd_Final 11.20.14.
  • January 8, 2015

    Registration Now Open! Building Capacity for Successful Community-based Conservation

    This is a special invitation to Building Capacity for Successful Community-based Conservation, a workshop for people who work on community-based conservation in the High Divide, Southern Crown of the Continent, and surrounding areas. The workshop will focus on 1) communications, 2) fundraising and 3) strategy. Thanks to generous gifts from The Brainerd Foundation, Kendeda Fund, […]
  • January 8, 2015


    As with most big changes, it is with a mix of emotions that I say goodbye to MWCC. I have resigned as Executive Director, effective December 31st, to explore other opportunities. To those that I have had the chance to work with over the last year, it’s been a pleasure! If there’s one big take […]
  • January 8, 2015


    The Montana Watershed Coordination Council is happy to announce that we have secured the Capitol Rotunda for the afternoon on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 for Watershed Wednesday (WW)! This is an event that MWCC hosts during legislative years for watershed groups to come to Helena and table during the legislature. This is an educational opportunity […]
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  • July 1, 2014

    Access online trainings with the Watershed Institute

    The Watershed Institute is your online one-stop resource for trainings and classes relevant to Montana watershed protection. Watershed coordinators, staff, and volunteers can take a skills assessment test and receive information for classes and resources specific to their development need Current skill areas include:  – project planning – volunteer recruitment and retention – conflict management […]
  • July 1, 2014

    MWCC is pleased to announce partners for our BLM capacity building project

               MWCC, in partnership with BLM, has selected the Musselshell Watershed Coalition and the Yellowstone River CD Council as recipients of our capacity building project. This project aims to provide direct support and technical assistance to watershed groups in areas such as strategic planning, education and outreach, organizational development, leveraging resources, and more.We […]
  • June 20, 2014

    Sign up for our weekly Watershed News!

    Our weekly watershed news is full or statewide resources and opportunities:  water related news articles upcoming events workshop and training opportunities funding and grants job postings Sign up here! *If your organization would like to advertise an opportunity or event in the watershed news, please send information to info@mtwatersheds.org and we would be happy to […]
  • April 14, 2014

    Pro deals on outdoor gear available through MWCC!

    Pro deals on outdoor gear available through MWCC!
    Join the MWCC team! Subscribe to our weekly newsletter or make a donation and you will be eligible for pro deals on great outdoor gear through ProMotive. Step 1. Subscribe to our newsletter or make a donation Step 2. Visit www.ProMotive.com and join our “team,” the Montana Watershed Coordination Council Step 3. Stay up to […]
  • January 8, 2014

    Spring Training

    Spring Training 2014 Registration To register, fill out the registration form below, click “Submit,” then proceed to PAYMENT OPTIONS (beneath form) for instructions on how to submit payment.  Once payment is remitted, you will receive a confirmation email, event updates, and logistical information.   PAYMENT OPTIONS To finish your registration, pay by check or via our […]