Montana is a special place – blessed with clean water, family farms and ranches, rich wildlife habitat and people who work together with mutual respect. This heritage helps our state prosper and supports our way of life. But Montana’s landscape is changing, increasing the pressure on our families and communities. Montana watershed groups bring landowners and communities together to find innovative, practical solutions to be better stewards of natural resources during these changing times. The Montana Watershed Coordination Council is the voice of Montana watershed groups, connecting people and ideas across Big Sky Country.
Montana’s natural resources are precious, as they not only support Montanans, as a headwaters state, Montana supports much of the region, nation and international community. These vital resources are increasingly vulnerable due to droughts, severe climate fluctuations, pollution, and increased demands.
In 1992, a group of Montanans recognized the need for better coordination on watershed issues, and out of this need, MWCC was formed with the mission to unite and support Montana’s watershed communities to promote healthy and productive landscapes.
In 1995, Governor Racicot issued a memo formalizing the vision for MWCC. The purpose was “to create a more efficient system of cooperation and coordination among natural resource governmental agencies and organizations in Montana.” Racicot stated, “Sustaining our watersheds and ecosystems will provide lasting benefits only if constructed through collaborative, cooperative process which depends upon the active involvement, insight an support of local residents.”
Since 1995, MWCC has met this mission through collaboration and capacity building throughout Montana, empowering thousands of resource caretakers to ensure clean, plentiful water and healthy landscapes for all Montanans.
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