Natural Water Storage on the East Fork of Divide Creek
The Big Hole Watershed Committee (BHWC) is reversing a trend of stream downcutting along the East Fork of Divide Creek by installing beaver mimicry structures along 3 reaches (8,000 feet) of the upper-most privately-owned section of the creek. The project is linked to the installation of 16 structures in breached beaver dams in a meadow on national forest land immediately upstream. Both projects used nearby conifer material to reduce conifer encroachment and promote aspen stands. BHWC is using drone surveys, piezometers, and pressure transducers to estimate changes in water availability.