Creative and Effective Watershed Planning- Resources from Spring Training

Creative and Effective Watershed Planning- Resources from Spring Training

Training Type(s): Communications, Development, Education
Date / Time: April 4, 2016 7:00 am

In partnership with the Montana DEQ non-point source program, MWCC offered a two day training on watershed restoration planning, including five primary topic areas.: stakeholder and community engagement, drafting and development, and implementation. Experienced trainers from around the state discussed planning strategies as well as technical and financial resources available for each planning stage.

*DEQ presentations also available upon request. If you would like to have a presentation sent to you please email


Montana Watershed Coordination Council – Spring Training Creative & Effective Watershed Planning

Training Overview

The goal of this training is to assist watershed groups to think outside of the box so they can develop a creative and effective watershed restoration plan, including strategies for stakeholder engagement, plan development, resource management, fundraising and implementation.

Monday, April 17th

9:00a Stakeholder Engagement Workshop – Jennifer Arnold, Reciprocity Consulting

This interactive session will provide a roadmap for engaging a diversity of stakeholders – community members, regulators, scientists and funders – throughout watershed planning and project implementation. We will discuss how to understand your audiences, frame issues to motivate engagement, and create opportunities for meaningful input. We will practice with skills and concepts drawing from everyone’s experience.

12:00p LUNCH PANEL: Successful Watershed Engagement

Successful watershed coordinators will discuss methods and lessons learned in engaging the community. Panelists: Denise Thompson, Broadwater Conservation District, Justin Meissner, NRCS, and Bill Milton, Musselshell land owner.

1:30p The Watershed Planning Document – Dean Yashan, DEQ

Overview of what’s required and resources available through DEQ for getting to a good Watershed Restoration Plan.

2:30p  Break

 2:45-5:00p Watershed Restoration Plan Resources Workshop

In this session, attendees will speak with eight or more resource specialists from diverse conservation perspectives who can assist in watershed planning, modification, or implementation. Watershed coordinators will receive print materials and have time to discuss resources specific to individual watersheds. Resource specialists include:

Tuesday, April 18th

8:30a Watershed planning and Financial Resources- Erin Farris-Olson, MWCC

MWCC will provide an overview of natural resources grant programs and various planning approaches statewide.

9:30a “Solving the Problem” through Watershed Plan Development- Mark Ockey, DEQ

Overview of Point Source Identification and restoration planning strategies.

10:30a Fundraising and Development Exercise Workshop

MWCC Staff, Jennifer Schoonen of Blackfoot Challenge, and Reciprocity Consulting will provide an opportunity to work through fundraising and development models that may assist watershed coordinators in filling current gaps in capacity funding for watershed plan development and project coordination.

12:30p LUNCH

1:30p Watershed Restoration Plan Implementation: “Getting to a good project”- Eric Trum, DEQ

DEQ Water Quality Section will provide an overview of the road from a good watershed restoration plan to competitive non point source projects.

2:30p PANEL “Pulling it all Together”

Panel of successful professionals in developing watershed restoration plans including resources utilized and best practices. Panelists: Rob Roberts-Trout Unlimited, Heather Barber-Bitter Root Water, Pedro Marquez-Big Hole Watershed Committee.

4:00p What’s next for Non-point source management

A comparative analysis of Montana’s non-point source pollution management. Tim Davis, Water Administrator, Montana DEQ