Access to clean water is essential to human health and to Montana’s economy. We support and implement measures to conserve this valuable resource and ensure clean lakes, streams, and rivers remain part of Montana’s natural heritage.

Beaverhead/Clark Canyon Update

A joint presentation about water clarity in the Beaverhead River was held February 7 in Dillon. The past three summers have seen turbidity problems in the upper reaches of the Beaverhead. DEQ deployed a monitoring program and the Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks performed routine monitoring of fish populations and conditions in the reservoir and streams. DEQ and FW&P presentations from the meeting.     

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Ruby River Channel Restoration

An 1,800-foot reach of the Ruby River on the Miller Ranch near Alder was restored in 2015 with partial funding through DEQ's nonpoint source pollution reduction program. Using federal Clean Water Act funding, we contributed $18,700 for the engineered design and $104,500 for channel construction, corral relocation, and other activities. Water quality is improved through cooler temperatures, reduced nutrients, and less sediment. Miller Recreational Development Company produced this video and has offered permission to share it.

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