Watershed Restoration Planning

A Watershed Restoration Plan is an important tool for identifying and prioritizing the work necessary to improve water resources in a particular watershed. It provides a step-by-step framework for connecting watershed restoration projects (i.e. re-vegetation efforts, channel reconstruction, stream restoration or enhancement, etc) to the resources needed to carry them out (financial, technical, or volunteer resources). The primary goals of a Watershed Restoration Plan are to reduce non-point source pollutants (i.e. excess sediment, excess nutrients, and/or high temperatures), but each watershed restoration plan also has the opportunity to express unique concerns or conservation goals for their particular watershed.

The Green Mountain Conservation District supports the Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group’s watershed restoration planning efforts through participation in stakeholder meetings and sponsoring grant funding that directly supports planning efforts. In early 2018, the Thompson River Watershed Restoration Plan was finalized, and in 2018 and 2019, the Lower Clark Fork Tributary Watershed Restoration Plan is being updated.

Find out more information about watershed restoration planning efforts in the Lower Clark Fork Watershed on the Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group’s watershed restoration planning page.