The problem: Approximately 2+ miles of stream channel were de-watered (totally dry) as a result of increasing irrigation needs and a lack of adequate recharge.
This portion of the stream was listed by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks as “chronically dewatered.”
The solution: The Water Quality Protection District worked collaboratively with landowners, irrigators, irrigation companies, and state agencies to protect and restore water flow in the stream. The Prickly Pear Creek Rewatering Project is a joint effort between the Lewis and Clark County Water Quality Protection District (WQPD), the Helena Valley Irrigation District (HVID), Prickly Pear Creek water users (PPWU), US Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) and annual funders.
Project Partners : Helena Valley Irrigation District, Bureau of Reclamation, Prickly Pear Water Users, Prickly Pear Simmental Ranch and Lewis & Clark Water Quality Protection District
How it works: