2019 Watershed Day & Annual Meeting Registration, January 28th-29th

2019 Annual Meeting and Watershed Day Registration

  • 2019 Partners can be found at: https://mtwatersheds.org/app/partners/
  • Please select all the sessions you will be attending on Monday, January 28th.
  • Tables must be used for informational purposes only and cannot be used to advocate for certain issues. Room for displays will depend on the number of groups tabling. MWCC will be in touch about how much room is available before the event.
  • This year, the Agency Directors panel conversation will be in direct response to questions and comments submitted from our Watershed Network. Agencies in attendance will be MT FWP, DEQ, DNRC and NRCS. Please submit questions here for consideration.
  • As part of the Annual Meeting agenda, MWCC is offering this workshop to provide an overview of free tools for assessing and planning for watershed health activities. These include drought response, restoration planning, and watershed restoration plan implementation. Tool experts will be providing hands-on training in small groups for three 30-minute sessions. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop. Please rank each of the tools below based on your level of interest: 5- Very Strong Interest and 1-Little Interest.
  • Our Field Guide, Species Snapshot, and Map Viewer websites provide information that summarizes the status of nearly 8,000 species and over 150 habitats in areas across the state to inform environmental reviews and planning and permitting processes. Products include: (1) accounts with information on the taxonomy, distribution, biology, ecology, and conservation status of species and communities; (2) lists and abbreviated field guides for species documented in particular areas; and summaries of species, surveys that have been completed for particular species groups, acreages of terrestrial and wetland habitats, and invasive and pest species documented in watersheds and other user selected areas. http://mtnhp.org

    Bryce Maxell, Program Coordinator, Montana Natural Heritage Program

    Please enter a number from 1 to 5.
  • Through our free, online tool, the Economic Profile System (EPS), Headwaters Economics brings together data from a variety of federal agencies to generate reports containing a wealth of socioeconomic and demographic data for different geographies (counties, census tracts, and more). During this presentation we will show you how to use our online tools and associated study guides to find the information relevant to your work. We will demonstrate how we have used EPS data to help communities measure progress on community economic development projects and, in general, how our tools can be used to make socioeconomic justifications and informed decisions. https://headwaterseconomics.org/tools/economic-profile-system/about/

    Scott Story, Research Analyst, Headwaters Economics

    Please enter a number from 1 to 5.
  • The MSU Extension Water Quality DataHub is an online database for the storage of surface water data collected by citizen scientists and/or data not publicly available elsewhere. In addition to storage of numeric data, photos can also be easily uploaded from a smartphone or computer. Username/passwords for uploading data can be created for coordinators or individual volunteers collecting data. There are basic plotting tools built into the DataHub, and data can also be downloaded. Site lists can also be exported with coordinates and hyperlinks to add to interactive online maps so stored data/photos can be viewed by clicking on points. https://django.msu.montana.edu/msuewq/

    Adam Sigler, Extension Water Quality Associate Specialist, MSU Extension

    Please enter a number from 1 to 5.
  • The Surface Water Assessment and Monitoring Program (SWAMP) is a joint program between the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology (MBMG) and the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC). SWAMP is tasked with collecting and compiling stream-flow data, and conducting watershed assessments to aid decision-making and policy development in Montana. While data collection, compilation, and dissemination are critical in the short term, these data also support watershed studies aimed at developing predictive models of surface-water and groundwater resources. Watershed studies conducted under this program will provide opportunities for applied research and training for students of the Montana University System. http://www.mbmg.mtech.edu/swamp/swamp.html

    Luke Buckley, Data Scientist, Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology

    Please enter a number from 1 to 5.
  • The Ground Water Information Center (GWIC) database is Montana’s repository for driller’s logs and groundwater information. In addition to well logs, GWIC contains many additional data sets: water chemistry (standard, isotopic, and organic), long-term static-water levels, aquifer tests, field-inventoried data, and scanned images. http://mbmggwic.mtech.edu

    Dan Blythe, Hydrogeologist, Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology

    Please enter a number from 1 to 5.
  • The Sage Grouse "Green Indicators" online tool depicts the estimated extent and availability of mesic resources annually (1984-present) across the entire range of sage grouse. Mesic resources are defined here as sites with higher vegetative productivity during the late growing season (July 15 to September 30) relative to surrounding areas, including temporary wetlands, wet meadows, riparian areas, high-elevation sagebrush uplands, and irrigated fields. This late growing season corresponds with brood-rearing season for sage grouse. Corresponding scientific article: Seasonal drought in North America’s sagebrush biome structures dynamic mesic resources for sage‐grouse - Donnelly et al. 2018, available here; https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ece3.4614.

    Presenter TBD

    Please enter a number from 1 to 5.
  • The Rangeland Analysis Platform (RAP) is a free online tool that empowers landowners, resource managers, and conservationists to track rangeland vegetation at an unprecedented blend of time (1984 to present), space (Great Plains to the Pacific Ocean), and scale (at the ranch, county, or watershed level). RAP uses innovative technology and a simple web interface (rangelands.app) to provide maps and analysis opportunities straight to your desktop. Designed to be used alongside local knowledge and on-the-ground data, this cutting-edge tool can track vegetation response to drought, inform watershed restoration planning, and evaluate management outcomes.

    Matt Jones, Remote Sensing Scientist, University of Montana

    Please enter a number from 1 to 5.
  • The Clean Water Act Information Center (CWAIC) provides information about the quality of Montana's rivers, streams, and lakes in relation to Montana's Water Quality assessments. These assessments are derived from available statewide water monitoring data and information. CWAIC also provides access to Montana's Water Quality Reports and List of Impaired Surface Waters, as well as online search and mapping tools. The Nonpoint Source Management Program supports projects to improve water quality and recently published an interactive online map of 319 funded projects.

    Presenter TBD

    Please enter a number from 1 to 5.
  • MWCC 2019 Partners will receive free registration as part of their benefits of participating in our Partnership Program. Partners are listed on the Partnership Page of our website. If you are interested in learning more about our Partnership Program and how to join, please see https://mtwatersheds.org/app/join/
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