Current Projects

Blacktail Ridge, Dyce Creek, and Clark Canyon Reservoir – Spraying for noxious weeds on public access roads. Funded by Forest Service RAC grant with the Beaverhead Conservation District.

Poindexter Slough – BWC has been working on enhancing wild fish habitat, adult fish abundances, and improving angling quality on 4.7 miles of Poindexter Slough since 2010. BWC has raised over $1.2 million in numerous grants and in kind donations and will complete the project winter 2017. Funding also provides for long term monitoring and work to control invasive weeds.

Information About the Poindexter Slough

 

Clark Canyon Reservoir – BWC has created a Turbidity solutions committee to address the turbidity events in Clark Canyon Reservoir. The committee is made up of a diverse group of volunteers representing all stakeholders within the watershed. The goal is to provide solutions to tackle algal blooms in the reservoir by 2018. To learn more about the issues present in Clark Canyon Reservoir, please visit DEQ’s website to review the DEQ presentations from our public meeting in February 2017.

 

Past Projects

 

Dyce Creek – BWC worked with the BLM to replace three stream fords with properly sized culverts and properly sloped road approaches in 2015 and 2017. Two crossings were on BLM land and one was on privately owned land.

Swamp Creek – Project completed in the Big Hole in partnership with the Artic Grayling Recovery Program (DNRC, FWP, NRCS) and Beaverhead Conservation District. BWC constructed a siphon to carry the canal water under Swamp Creek, as well as a diversion structure on Swamp Creek with a fish ladder to allow grayling to access an additional 12 miles of spawning habitat. This project was completed in February 2015.

Clark Canyon Creek  With high natural sedimentation rates, Clark Canyon Creek has impacted the overall water quality of the Beaverhead River fishery. Fine sediment accumulates during years when peak flow releases from Clark Canyon Dam are insufficient to transport the additional tributary sediment. Limited releases during the spring have allowed fine sediment to deposit in the Beaverhead River, affecting the trout fishery downstream of the dam. BWC has worked to help reduce sediment rates by implementing a flushing flow to help suspend sediments. This flushing event can happen once a year to resuspend sediment and help the overall quality of the river and fishery. This project was completed by summer 2013.

Darnutzer Slough – The purpose of the project was to further restore and improve spawning and rearing habitats and address water quality issues to increase fish abundances and size distributions in the lower Beaverhead River watershed. This project was completed in Spring 2012.

Trout Creek – Installed a well and solar pump to help provide off-stream water for grazing. Funded by DNRC HB 223 grant with the Ruby Valley Conservation District. This project was completed by summer 2011.

Upper Stone Creek Restoration –  The Stone Creek Restoration Project is a locally led stream restoration effort aimed at improving water quality and fisheries in the lower 0.5-mile of Stone Creek, tributary to the Beaverhead River. The confluence of Stone Creek is located approximately 8 miles North of Dillon. This project restored and protected the riparian corridor. The project also focused on expanding fishery benefits and will be implemented in concert with the MT FWP fishery biologist. This project was completed in December 2011.

Winter Flow Recommendations for the Beaverhead – In effort to help fisheries, this report written in February 2010 recommends the Beaverhead to have an average of 200 cfs at minimum during winter and high irrigation use times to maintain healthy trout populations. Read more on the report here: Beaverhead Flow Recommendations

Spring Creek Restoration – Project Cancelled in 2009 – DNRC funding was reallocated to the Stone Creek Restoration Project