UM to Host Heart of the River Event

April 11, 2019

UM News Service 

Clark Fork River MISSOULA – Missoula residents are invited to the University of Montana campus to perform CPR – conservation, preservation and restoration – on the Clark Fork River.

The public is invited to participate in the drafting of a Clark Fork River Watershed Restoration Plan in a “Heart of the River” event from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in the University Center Room 326. The event is hosted by the Clark Fork Kootenai River Basins Council.

A formal restoration plan is required to obtain State of Montana stream restoration funding. The central stretch of Clark Fork River is one of the only sections of the Clark Fork Basin that does not have an approved plan. The river’s central basin runs from Drummond to the river’s confluence with the Flathead River near Paradise.

Volunteers, with the help of public agencies, are developing a plan by summarizing information on stream problems and potential restoration projects. 

Input also is being sought from the public who live, work or play in the Central Clark Fork Basin.  

The event will feature an overview of information gathered to date, share a draft outline of restoration plan and list key projects. Participants will break into groups to indicate project priorities, suggest ways to improve, and share ideas for project partners and funding.

To  learn more about the Central Clark Fork Watershed Restoration Plan, visit www.tinyurl.com/CentralClarkForkWRP. To RSVP for the Heart of the River event, contact Vicki.watson@umontana.edu.

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Contact: Vicki Watson, UM environmental studies professor emeritus, 406-243-5153, vicki.watson@mso.umt.edu.