Montana's landowners and land managers, together with government and private partners, are continuously striving to restore and protect water quality. The table and information below will guide you through some of Montana's more notable success stories.

Project Accomplishments Date* Link
Big Creek (tributary to North Fork Flathead River)
  • Significant reductions in excess sediment
  • Removal of sediment impairment listing on Big Creek
  • Improved fish passage
2012 EPA Big Creek
Deep Creek (tributary to Missouri River)
  • Significant reductions in excess sediment
  • Removal of sediment impairment listing on Deep Creek
  • Stream flow restoration through irrigation system improvements
2018 EPA Deep Creek
Jim Creek (Swan Lake watershed)
  • Significant reductions in excess sediment
  • Removal of sediment impairment listing on Jim Creek
  • Wetland and riparian restoration
2018 EPA Jim Creek
Meadow Creek (tributary to East Fork Bitterroot River)
  • Significant reductions in excess sediment from livestock and forest roads
  • Removal of Meadow Creek from Montana's List of Impaired Waters
2014 EPA Meadow Creek
Piper Creek and Goat Creek (Swan River watershed)
  • Significant reductions in excess sediment and nutrients from silviculture harvest and forest roads
  • Improved habitat for federally listed Bull Trout
  • Removal of Lower Piper and Lower Goat Creeks from the List of Impaired Waters for Siltation, and Upper Goat Creek for nutrients
2006 EPA Piper Goat Creeks
Swift Creek (tributary to Whitefish Lake)
  • Significant reductions in excess sediment and nutrients from silviculture harvest and forest roads
  • Removal of East Fork Swift Creek, West Fork Swift Creek, and the Swift Creek main stem from Montana's List of Impaired Waters
2012 EPA Swift Creek
Upper Sun River
  • Significant reductions in excess nitrogen and phosphorus from grazing and farming
  • Improved fish habitat
  • Removal of nutrient (nitrogen and phosphorus) impairment listing on 80 miles of the Sun River
2006 EPA Upper Sun River

*Approximate date of project completion