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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In 2013, MWCC successfully obtained its 501c3 status and finalized its Articles of Incorporation and By-laws.