MWCC 2017 Progress

With the help of our partners, MWCC has been able to:

  • Continue to grow our pass-through funding program for capacity and project funding, more than doubling the amount of funding available in 2018.
  • Developed and distributed over 300 State of the Watersheds reports highlighting the work of local conservation organizations statewide.
  • Brought watershed coordinators and legislators together for Watershed Day & Awards at the Montana State Capitol.
  • Grew the Watershed News to over 1,000 readers statewide.
  • Redesigned our website to host updated Watershed News information more regularly.
  • Hosted over 100 attendees at the MWCC Annual Meeting.
  • Launch our Partnership Program to formalize our network and better serve local conservation groups.
  • Partnered in placing 27 Big Sky Watersheds Corps members.
  • Provided training on comprehensive watershed restoration planning.
  • Facilitated over 70 visitors to the Musselshell Watershed for the 2017 Watershed Projects Tour.
  • Assisted in the creation of the Clark Fork and Kootenai River Basins Council.
  • Developed a four year strategic plan for MWCC, wherein MWCC will continue to:

SUPPORT. MWCC provides funding, technical assistance, and capacity to local watershed groups.
CONNECT. Through events and online newsletters, MWCC coordinates a family of committed natural resource managers.
INSPIRE. MWCC shares local conservation success stories and promotes the watershed approach.

We are grateful for a momentous year at MWCC and look forward to continuing to serve you in 2018!
The MWCC Team

Over $120,000 in sub grants to watershed groups.

Specific grants were made possible in partnership with other organizations for specific activities:

  • Environmental Education programs
  • Capacity building for watershed groups in eastern Montana
  • Addressing non point source pollution
  • Drought management
  • Missouri Headwaters Partnership

Events that informed and brought people together.

MWCC 2016 Annual Meeting packed the Fish Wildlife & Parks Wild Center. Agency personnel and watershed coordinators were brought together to explore opportunities to advance natural resource work and MWCC provided an updated Natural Resource Grant tracking sheet.

MWCC Spring Webinar Series was a cost and time-saving way to share information with watershed groups. Training focused on prominent grant management issues as well as technical tools available for watershed restoration planning.

Watershed Activities Work Group (WAWG) Projects Tour explored restoration projects at Browns Gulch, the Ueland Ranch, and Silver Bow Creek outside of Butte. The tour concluded with a visit to the Mt Haggin Wildlife Management Area.

2016 Watershed Symposium in Billings, Montana brought over 150 people together including a record number of attendees from eastern Montana and conservation districts to discuss how partnerships can improve conservation efforts.

Placed 20 Big Sky Watershed Corps members statewide.

Thanks to MWCC and its partners, Members will contribute 25,000 hours of service, $65,000 in to host sites to assist in covering host site fees, professional development, and other service member related costs.

Coordination of regional partnerships.

MWCC was able to provide capacity funding as well as coordination services to the Missouri Headwaters Partnership, a collective group of the nine sub-basin watershed groups in the upper Missouri Basin. MWCC also continued to assist in the re visioning of the Clark Fork Basin Task Force as a basin-wide coordinating entity. These regional efforts provide a blue print for meeting common conservation objectives within the basins and a model for increased regional coordination across the state in the coming years.

Ten Mile Creek Watershed Mural.

MWCC brought together local natural resource organizations and businesses to commission a mural that reminds the people of Helena of the city’s unique placement within the Ten Mile watershed ecosystem.  The mural is on permanent display at Ten Mile Creek Brewing Company.

Watershed News audience increased.

The Watershed News reaches an audience of over 800 natural resource professionals statewide. With an open rate that nearly doubles the industry average and a 20% click through rate, the Watershed News is a premier method for sharing information regarding Montana natural resource related activities.

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.