Thompson River Watershed Restoration Plan

A Watershed Restoration Plan (WRP) is currently under development for the Thompson River Watershed. The plan is predicted to be completed by the end of 2017. Find out more about Watershed Restoration Plans here.

Photo credit: Ryan Kreiner, MFWP

Who is involved?

While the Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group (LCFWG) is sponsoring the development of the Thompson River Watershed Restoration Plan, the overall goal for this plan is to incorporate the perspectives and priorities of stakeholders (people with interest or concern in the Thompson River or it tributaires) into a comprehensive watershed-wide plan, and develop partnerships that will lead to successful restoration efforts in the future.

We are working to engage landowners, land and water resource managers, and other users of the Thompson River Watershed. Please share your own input with us below! We truly value your feedback  and hope to incorporate your perspective into the Thompson River Watershed Restoration Plan!



Progress so far

Click here for the latest update: Thompson River Watershed Restoration Plan – August 23, 2017 Update.


The Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group first started work developing the Thompson River Watershed Restoration Plan in January 2017. In February, a stakeholder meeting was held with primary land managers and local government entities in the drainage to guide the planning process.

At the initial stakeholder meeting, participants identified eight stream drainages within the Thompson River Watershed as areas that could benefit from restoration efforts – these will be the focus of the Thompson River Watershed Restoration Plan. Four of these streams were dictated by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality as priority (impaired) streams due to their high levels of sediment, nutrients, and/or high stream temperatures that are affecting aquatic life and/or primary contact recreation. The other four streams were identified by local stakeholders and land managers as priority stream drainages due to the presence of native fish populations (Westslope Cutthroat Trout and Bull Trout). The Thompson River Watershed Restoration Plan will be focused on streams and rivers only, not lakes and ponds. While standing water bodies (lakes and ponds) are important components of any watershed, stakeholders concluded that the planning document would be most effective if it focus on flowing systems only.

Throughout the year, the Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group will be working to collect input from stakeholders on further or more specific priorities for work in the Thompson River watershed and incorporating it into a Watershed Restoration Plan. The goal is to complete this planning document by the end of 2017, so that we can then work toward implementing on-the-ground projects that benefit the Thompson River and its tributaries, and are in line with the priorities of a diverse group of stakeholders. The Thompson River Watershed Restoration Plan will be a living document, and will updated regularly into the future to reflect the changing priorities of involved stakeholders, work already accomplished, and any new concerns that provide impetus for future work.

The following map identifies DEQ-listed impaired streams and the additional stream drainages currently prioritized by local stakeholders.