MWCC 2016 Spring Webinar Series

MWCC 2016 Spring Webinar Series

MWCC 2016 Spring Webinar Series

Training Type(s): Webinar
Date / Time: May 15, 2016 12:00 am

MWCC is excited to offer a dynamic line up for our first ever webinar training series.  Webinars are free to attend but we are hoping to have participants register in advance so we can have contact information available for follow up materials.

Meeting materials will be sent to attendees who pre register.  However, pre meeting registration is not required.  You may attend each webinar without pre registering by following the instructions below.

State Procurement

Thursday, April 14th 12pm MST –Register here.

Presenter: Robyn Boyle from Montana Department of Environmental Quality

This webinar will review how state agencies, specifically DEQ, procures services, and how those agencies enter into contractual agreements. Participants will have an opportunity to participate in procurement and contract management training and ask any questions they may have about the process.


Robyn Boyle is the Grants Contracts Coordinator for the Water Quality Division at DEQ. She has  been with the State for approximately 6 years, loves working for DEQ, and getting involved in so many diverse conservation projects. Robyn is a Montana native and graduated from UM in 2003 where she studied Environmental Studies and Anthropology. When she’s  not working she enjoys spending time outside with her family skiing, kayaking, fishing and hiking.

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You can also dial in using your phone:

United States : +1 (872) 240-3412
Access Code: 348-446-173


Overview of the Montana Water Information System

Thursday, April 28th 12pm MST-Register Here

Presenter: Troy Blanford from Montana State Library

The Montana Water Information System (WIS) organizes water-related information from multiple state and federal agencies and makes it discoverable from one starting  place. The WIS makes high quality data on surface water, groundwater, water rights, water supply, water quality, watersheds, and more available to the public through GIS, maps, applications, and webpages.   This webinar will provide an overview of the resources available through the WIS, including the Water Right Query System, the statewide hydrography GIS dataset and stewardship program,  water supply and drought maps, and the Montana Hydrography Working Group.

Troy Blandford is a GIS Analyst and the Water Information System Manager at the Montana State Library.  He holds an M.S degree in Geography specializing in GIS and remote sensing and a B.S. in Environmental Science focusing on hydrology.  He previously worked for the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation providing GIS datasets and technical support for the water rights and water management programs.  He is currently the Montana Spatial Data Infrastructure Theme Lead for hydrography and has over 10 years of experience with applications of GIS in water resources.

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United States : +1 (408) 650-3123
Access Code: 240-259-157


Accessing Groundwater Information

Thursday, May 12th 12pm-Register here

Presenter: Jeremy Crowley from Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology

One of the major components of MBMG (Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology) work is the Ground Water Information Center (GWIC), which is an online database containing nearly 300,000 well, 2,600 spring, and 950 long-term groundwater monitoring records in Montana. MBMG also provides access to about 150 DNRC, 100 MBMG, and 200 USGS surface water sites in Montana. In order to make the data more accessible to end-users MBMG created a Data Center (, which houses a variety of databases and web mapping applications.  This presentation will show how to access water data in Montana through the GWIC database, web applications, and GIS services.

Jeremy Crowley is an Assistant Research Hydrogeologist with the Ground Water Assessment Program (GWAP) at MBMG.  The GWAP program focuses on long-term monitoring of groundwater and characterizing the water quantity and quality of Montana’s aquifers. Jeremy specializes in long-term statistical trend analysis, GIS, geodatabase optimization, and analysis of large datasets using computer programming.

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United States : +1 (669) 224-3412
Access Code: 283-727-981


Accessing Information on MT’s Animals, Plants, and Biological Communities

Thursday, May 26th 12pm MST-Register here

Presenter: Bryce Maxell from Montana Natural Heritage Program

Information managed by MTNHP includes taxonomy, biology, ecology, and conservation status information for nearly 8,000 plant and animal species and nearly 150 terrestrial and aquatic communities, nearly 1.7 million animal observation records, over 182,000 locations where a formal structured animal survey protocol has been followed, predictive distribution models for animal and plant species, species occurrence and wetland and riparian mapping polygons that are used in environmental reviews, land cover mapping, and land management information. We deliver this information via staff facilitated requests and web applications that include the Montana Animal and Plant Species of Concern reports, the Montana Field Guide, the Natural Heritage MapViewer, and the Species Snapshot. In this presentation, we will provide a brief overview of how local conservation districts and watershed groups can access information via our websites. We will also spend some focused time on recent updates to our Species Snapshot and Montana Field Guide applications that allow users to create custom species summaries and field guides using spatial, taxonomy, and conservation status filters.

Bryce Maxell completed a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Economics at the University of Puget Sound in 1994.  He received a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship for a yearlong independent study of the natural history of Australia and New Zealand in 1994 and 1995.  Bryce completed his Ph.D. in Fish and Wildlife Biology in the Wildlife Biology Program at the University of Montana in 2009 where he completed a state-wide status assessment of, and constructed predicted habitat suitability models for, Montana’s amphibian and reptile species and examined the population demographics of Columbia Spotted Frogs.  Between 1996 and 2015, Bryce conducted field inventories for a variety of animal species in Montana.  During his time in Montana he has authored or coauthored three books, a dozen peer reviewed publications, and 40-plus professional reports on amphibians, reptiles, bats, small terrestrial mammals, birds, terrestrial mollusks, and fish.  Bryce is currently the overall Program Coordinator for the Montana Natural Heritage Program in the Montana State Library in Helena.  The Montana Natural Heritage Program strives to be the state’s source for reliable information and expertise to support stewardship of our native species and habitats, emphasizing those of conservation concern.

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You can also dial in using your phone:

United States : +1 (312) 757-3121
Access Code: 702-470-981

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