This fall, the Lewis and Clark County Water Quality Protection District worked with landowner David Brown to create a riparian pasture. Riparian pastures are “an alternative to complete exclusion of the riparian area to livestock, for improvement of fisheries habitat, in-stream flows, and establishment of cottonwoods, willows, and other woody riparian species. A riparian pasture is a relatively small pasture that can still be grazed for a portion of the year. Benefits of riparian pastures include improved management flexibility, the ability to use livestock grazing to manage weeds and overgrown vegetation, improved access for wildlife to stream areas, and decreased maintenance costs of fencing and off-stream water resources.” -Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Montana website.

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A donated basket to the MWCC – Montana Watershed Coordination Council at their symposium helped raise $150!

Donations included gifts from: Ten Mile Creek Brewery, Pan Handler, Birds & Beasleys, Imagine Designs Jewelry-Gifts, Hub Coffee, and Loft Studio

Funds raised will help the MWCC in their mission “to unite and support Montana’s watershed communities to promote healthy and productive landscapes”.

Thank you so much to everyone who donated!

A special thanks to those who helped us plant hundreds of willow steaks along the new banks of Sevenmile Creek. We will be keeping an eye on these plants throughout the years and hopefully watch them grow into mature shrubs that will provide great shade, habitat, and bank stabilization.

Stay tuned for more volunteer opportunities. You can also add your name to our email list by visiting this page.

Each year, the Lake Helena Watershed Group teams up with the City of Helena, and the Lewis and Clark County Water Quality Protection District to host the annual Running Water for Helena. This 10 Mile / 5K (plus festival) not only brings awareness to the efforts to keep our water resources clean and beneficial for all uses, but also raises funds to help support them.

Both courses start/stop at Spring Meadow Resources. The 10 Mile and 5K courses follow the new Tenmile Creek Park trail system, and the 10 Mile continues on to loop around Centennial Park taking the Rails-to-Trails back to Spring Meadow resources.

If you register before June 1st, you will save some money! So go ahead and click this link to sign up, because we would love to see you out there with us. You’ll receive a free t-shirt, and if you’re slightly, kind-of fast, you could win some cash prizes!

Come out with us this Saturday morning (April 21st), and celebrate our Earth by helping us clean it up.
We will meet in the Chadwick’s Nursery parking lot (3010 East Custer Avenue, Helena MT 59602). This parking lot is right on the corner of York Road and Custer Avenue.
All necessary supplies will be distributed to volunteers, although we do ask you to please wear close-toed shoes and working gloves.
The event is planned from 9 AM – 12 PM, but you are welcome to join us at any point for as long or little as you can — every helping hand counts!

Hope to see you out there 🙂

View our events page for more details: http://www.lakehelenawatershed.org/event/earth-day-celebration-volunteer-litter-clean-up/

Here is a message we received from Archie Harper and graphics from the Forest Service:

“Here’s a graphic of the snow pack in water equivalents for the two nearest Snotel sites to the Helena area. We are near record levels for this time of year. If we don’t get the rains like we experienced in June, 2011, we will be alright with some minor flooding… It all boils down to the timing and amount of rain we get that will shape how all that water will come out this late spring. One thing In our favor is cooler than normal temperature projections for the remainder of spring, which would slow the rate of melt out.”

Thanks to all who came out to the West Valley Fire Hall last night (March 22nd). We enjoyed the snowpack and flood potential update from Megan Syner(NOAA), groundwater information from Lewis and Clark County Water Quality Protection District’s James Swierc, an explanation of our stormwater system in the City of Helena by stormwater engineer Matt Culpo, and an update from the Valley Flood Committee.

Here is a link to a memo, written by Daniel Karlin, County Engineer RE: Helena Valley Flood Mitigation Status Update

Click here do download the PDF of the memo

We hope to see you again at our next meeting!

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