Channel Migration Zone Mapping Project

In collaboration with the Sun River Watershed Group and with a grant from the DNRC, the Elk Creek Channel Migration Zone Mapping Project is now complete.  The Elk Creek CMZ was phase 2 of the larger Sun River CMZ project.   The documents for the CMZ can be found here. Main Document Elk Creek Maps Sun River Maps It's hoped that future projects in the watershed can be prioritized for landowners by utilizing this document.
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Photo Contest – Spring 2021

Lewis and Clark Conservation District is excited to announce we will be hosting a spring photo contest. The theme is spring green although we encourage all entries that include aspects of the Conservation Districts mission statement such as agriculture, natural resources, education, and community. Rules for submission are listed below. How to submit a photo Remember if you have your account set to private, we may not be able to see your post, if you want to keep that setting enabled consider submitting by email. Facebook – reply to any announcement post or by direct message to the CD’s page.…
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Do You Follow Stream Gauges?

If you're an irrigator, or recreationist, or just a water measurement geek like me, you might have a half dozen or so stream gauges that you look at on the USGS site, or other water measurement organization's sites. Recently, the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation had a state-wide working group that created a great story map about Montana's Stream Gauges!  To view the new story map, go to the site.  
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A Day in Augusta

For landowners in the Augusta or Dearborn areas who were affected by the flooding this past week, we want to let you know that we're going to be in Augusta at the Youth Center/Senior Center/ Public Health office on June 29 from 10-2 collecting information on bridge and culvert damage as well as stream damage.  We'll have permit forms--regular and emergency--bridge and culvert installation information, and other information for you.   We're also hoping to have any program information from the Farm Service Agency and information on whether the Conservation District will have funding available to assist with bridge and culvert…
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Lewis & Clark County Weed Events-Summer 2018

Every year, the Conservation District partners with the Sun River Watershed Group to help out with their Summer Weed Events.  Invasive species are an on-going battle and the work that the SRWG has done has been amazing! The Elk Creek Spray Day is June 12th The Ford Creek Spray Day is June 13th The Sun Canyon Spray Day is June 20th The Sun Canyon Weed Pull is July 7th For more information on any of these events, to help out, or to donate to the cause, contact Alan Rollo at arollo7@msn.com or call him at 406-727-4437.
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Sun River Watershed Group is Hiring!

The Sun River Watershed Group is looking for their next Coordinator.   Position Description   For more information contact   Erin Farris-Olsen Executive Director erin@mtwatersheds.org Office: (406) 475-1420 Cell: (406) 461-8530    
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Flood Awareness at EVMS!

Since the spring of 2008, the Lewis & Clark Conservation District has worked with area agencies to bring Flood Awareness to the East Valley Middle School.  What began with a parent visit during an open house in the fall of 2007, turned into a 9 year commitment to education. Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Lewis & Clark County Disaster and Emergency Services, and the Water Quality Protection District helped with planning efforts that first year and in subsequent years.  This year, we missed the East Helena Volunteer Fire Department, but had great presentations from DNRC's Michelle Phillips (floodplain), USGS'…
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Sustainable Low Cost Crop – No More Over Grazing

Over Grazing Solutions for Small to Large Landowners By: Ashley Rivero           The discovery for us here at the Conservation District was during a stream permitting assessment on the Rocking Z Guest Ranch.  The Rocking Z Guest Ranch along Wolf Creek, run by a ranching family since 1974, offer an innovative range of opportunities to horseback riders, vacations goers, internships, as well as ranching and conservation education with the full Montana experience.  They offered to show us some of the environmentally friendly methods they have integrated into their daily operations and one that stuck out the most offers a potential solution to overgrazing…
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