New Group Forms to Monitor Flathead Basin Waters

New Group Forms to Monitor Flathead Basin Waters

News Type: State, Regional Source: Flathead Beacon
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Following sweeping changes to the region’s foremost water-quality watchdog, a new group has formed to advocate for the region’s prized watersheds, helping to fill unfunded gaps in its mission of stewardship and assess ongoing efforts by state agencies to prevent mussel-fouled boats from entering Montana waters.

Called the Watershed Protection Advocates of Northwest Montana, the new group hopes to serve as a complement to existing groups and agencies charged with protecting the region’s natural resources from harmful aquatic invasive species and other threats to local watersheds, including the Flathead Basin, according to its founders.

Watershed Protection Advocates (WPA) is spearheaded by former members of the Flathead Basin Commission (FBC), who say the latter organization’s ability to effectively protect the region’s natural resources was undermined when its budget was gutted last year. The budget cuts led to acrimony among FBC members and state agencies the commission was crafted to “watchdog.”