Lewis and Clark Conservation District, 790 Colleen Street, Helena MT 59601  406-449-5000 ext. 5

Elk Creek Area Flood Task Force

July 28, 2020

The Conservation District recently got word that we had a successful grant application through the National Association of Conservation Districts.  The grant is to hire a staff member to assist in conservation technical assistance and outreach on the Conservation Stewardship Program.   The job announcement is here.  This position will be working largely in the Elk Creek Watershed area.

June 2, 2020

Unfortunately due to the Covid-19, we have postponed the below mentioned workshop on riparian grazing.  We plan to have it next summer in June or July.  If you have any questions regarding the event, give us a call at the CD office.

March 24, 2020

Good morning from the Conservation District!  Any landowners who might be interested in a riparian grazing workshop, we are planning one for mid to late July.  We plan to show-case some of the programs that can help pull fences back from the streams (to protect them better in the event of future flood events) and some other grazing/stream related topics.  The Big Sky Watershed Corps members are planning this event with the Conservation District.

February 4, 2020

At last week’s meeting, Confluence Consulting presented information about the assessment that they prepared based on their field visits in September.

You can view that slideshow via pdf file here.

January 27, 2020

The Conservation District has received the final assessment from Confluence Consulting.  This document is a result of their meeting with 14 agricultural landowners on Elk Creek, Smith Creek and Ford Creek. 

To have a look at the digital version, click here.

January 6, 2020

A morning meeting between agency staff, Confluence Consulting and the 14 agricultural landowners who participated in the Confluence assessment in September will take place from 9-12 on January 29, 2020 at the Augusta Youth Center.  The afternoon meeting will be a general discussion by Agency people, including the Lewis and Clark County, the Conservation District and others as desired.

9/19/19 Update on Elk Creek Road from Lewis and Clark County

There has been some discussion about what the county plans with Elk Creek road, leading to some rather upset people.  The county put together the following update:

Elk Creek Road Update

 Lewis and Clark County has no plans to move the road at this time or do additional work to the roadway.  The berms built are within the County’s 60’ right-of-way.  The purpose was to ‘nudge’ the stream back to the south, away from the road.  This approach was selected as it was the only way the Army Corps of Engineers would grant a permit to move the water off the road.  The work was solely done to restore access to areas west of the EK5 bridge.  The County sees it as temporary because the creek will likely flood again and potentially wipe out what has been done. 

More permanent solutions are being investigated, but the County does not intend to move the road.   The possibility of moving it was looked at from an engineering feasibility standpoint only, not as a true design option.  Extensive conversations with landowners would take place before moving the road would be seriously considered.  In looking at options for permanent repairs, assessment will continue on how to possibly build the road in a more resilient way that is compatible with the new stream dynamics.  


Link to notes from July 30, 2019 meeting

Updates from L&C County DES and the Conservation District


Photo courtesy of Carol Fechter
Photo courtesy of Lewis & Clark County–landslide into Elk Creek

After two flood years in a row, the Lewis & Clark County and the Lewis & Clark Conservation District put together a Task Force to look at how the area moves forward to deal with flood effects and explore ways to make the stream systems more resilient to flood events.

As part of that effort, an Open House was held July 23, 2019 and the first Task Force meeting on July 30, 2019. 

This page will highlight current activities and planned activities.

In 2011 the Lewis & Clark Conservation District had a stream assessment done to prioritize potential projects.   The assessment can be found here.