Lower Clark Fork Tributary Watershed Restoration Plan
The first Lower Clark Fork Tributary Watershed Restoration Plan was completed in 2010, and covers multiple tributaries that flow into the lower Clark Fork River (highlighted in green above). Access it here: Lower Clark Fork Tributary Watershed Restoration Plan (2010). While this document has contributed to watershed restoration efforts since it was written, it is in need of an update so that it continues to accurately represent the priorities of local watershed stakeholders.
The Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group, working with local watershed stakeholders and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), will be developing an update to this plan over 2018, and hope to finalize it in 2019. Find out more about Watershed Restoration Plans here.
Who is involved?
While the Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group is the sponsor of this 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 tributaries) into a comprehensive watershed-wide plan, and develop partnerships that will lead to successful restoration efforts in the future.
Much like the Thompson River Watershed Restoration Plan, we are working to engage landowners, land and water resource managers, and other users of the Lower Clark Fork Watershed. Please share your own input with us! We truly value your feedback and hope to incorporate your perspective into the Lower Clark Fork Watershed Restoration Plan! Contact us to learn how you can be involved.
Background and development
The Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group has been working within the Lower Clark Fork Watershed since 2003 when the group was formed. The original Lower Clark Fork Watershed Restoration Plan was completed in 2010 by the LCFWG and collaborating stakeholders. This plan was the first of many Watershed Restoration Plans completed in Montana.
The area included within in this plan includes all tributaries of the lower Clark Fork River from Prospect Creek (joins the Clark Fork just below the Thompson Falls Dam) downstream to Blue Creek (joins the Clark Fork just east of the Idaho-Montana border). Many of these streams are identified by DEQ as impaired streams due to their high levels of sediment, other types of nonpoint source pollution which affect water quality, and other stream alterations which affect stream function and aquatic life. Additionally, many of the streams in the watershed restoration planning area provide habitat for native fish populations (Westslope Cutthroat Trout and Bull Trout) which provides additional impetus for restoration.
Throughout 2018, the Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group will be working to collect input from stakeholders on further or more specific priorities for work in the Lower Clark Fork Watershed and incorporating it into an update of the Lower Clark Fork Tributary Watershed Restoration Plan. The goal is to complete this planning document in the beginning of 2019, so that we can then work toward implementing on-the-ground projects that benefit the Lower Clark Fork River and its tributaries, and are in line with the priorities of a diverse group of stakeholders. The Lower Clark Fork Tributary 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.