Watershed Restoration Planning

Watershed Restoration Plans


A Watershed Restoration Plan (WRP) is a tool developed and designed by a watershed group to guide them in planning for and implementing restoration activities in their watershed. A WRP is a living document that once developed, should be reviewed and reworked, if appropriate, once every five years.

In order to be eligible for Clean Water Act Section 319 Funding, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires a Watershed Restoration Plan. Projects can be funded if they implement a WRP; if there isn't a WRP, then one needs to be written. In order for a WRP to be accepted by DEQ and EPA, it must include nine minimum elements. These elements should ensure a WRP will be as complete and thorough as possible in order to guide successful restoration planning in a watershed.


Nine Minimum Elements at a Glance:

  1. Identify causes and sources of pollution
  2. Estimate pollutant loading into the watershed and expected load reductions
  3. Describe the management measures to achieve load reductions in targeted areas
  4. Estimate the amounts of technical and financial assistance needed
  5. Develop an information/education component
  6. Create a schedule for implementing the NPS management measures
  7. Describe interim, measurable milestones
  8. Identify indicators to measure progress over time
  9. Describe monitoring component


If you are interested in a project in one of the areas listed below, we recommend that you contact the WRP sponsor.




Beaverhead Beaverhead Watershed Committee Accepted 2014
Bitterroot Bitter Root Water Forum Accepted 2014
Blackfoot River Blackfoot Challenge Accepted 2014
Deep Creek Broadwater Conservation District Accepted 2014
Flathead Lake Flathead Lakers Accepted 2014
Flathead Stillwater Flathead Conservation District Accepted 2017
Flint Creek Flint Creek Watershed Group Accepted 2014
Kootenai Basin Kootenai River Network Inc Accepted 2015
Lake Helena Lake Helena Watershed Group/Lewis & Clark Water Quality Protection District Accepted 2016
Little Blackfoot Trout Unlimited Accepted 2016
Lolo Creek Lolo Watershed Group Accepted 2013
Lower Clark Fork Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group Accepted 2010
Lower Gallatin Greater Gallatin Watershed Council Accepted 2014
Madison River Madison Conservation District Under Development
Miller Creek Missoula Valley Water Quality Protection District Accepted 2018
Middle and Lower Big Hole Watershed Big Hole Watershed Committee Accepted 2013
Ninemile Creek Trout Unlimited Accepted 2013
Rock Creek Trout Unlimited Accepted 2018
Ruby Ruby Watershed Group Accepted 2015
Shields River Watershed Park Conservation District Accepted 2012
St. Regis Trout Unlimited Under Development
Sun River Sun River Watershed Group Accepted 2012
Swan Basin Swan Ecosystem Center Accepted 2012
Teton River Teton Watershed Group Accepted 2010
Thompson Lower clark Fork Watershed Group Accepted 2018
Upper & North Fork Big Hole Watershed Big Hole Watershed Committee Accepted 2012
Upper Clark Fork River Tributaries Watershed Restoration Coalition Accepted 2012
Upper Gallatin River Blue Water Task Force Accepted 2012
Upper Jefferson Jefferson River Watershed Council Under Development