The Dirty Truth – Sediment Pollution in the Bitterroot 
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The Dirty Truth – Sediment Pollution in the Bitterroot 

It’s real, it’s dirty, and it’s a problem! We’re talking about sediment, those small particles of rock and soil that flow from land to water. Despite the small size of these particles, they contribute to a big problem in the Bitterroot. In fact, sediment pollution is one of the most common challenges faced by priority…

We’ve Got Something Special-The Importance and Value of the Bitterroot 
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We’ve Got Something Special-The Importance and Value of the Bitterroot 

By Ellie Ross For the folks who live here, the value and importance of the Bitterroot may seem obvious. Look around the valley and you can gaze upon the jagged Bitterroot Mountains to the west, the gentler Sapphire Mountains to the east, the over 1.2 million acres of public land surrounding us, the River that…

Sheep Creek Mine: You Bet We’re Ready to Take Care of What’s Ours.
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Sheep Creek Mine: You Bet We’re Ready to Take Care of What’s Ours.

For three decades, the Bitterroot Water Partnership has worked for clean, abundant water and healthy habitats in the Bitterroot Valley. Through active restoration and engaging watershed stewards, our work helps ensure enough cold water and thriving habitats for the people and wildlife in our Valley now, and into the future.    Right now, the news of…

The Time to Conserve Water is Now – Painted Rocks Water Supply Approaches Low Levels, Encouraging Extra Local Cooperation

The Time to Conserve Water is Now – Painted Rocks Water Supply Approaches Low Levels, Encouraging Extra Local Cooperation

Water Trends and This Year’s Low Projections Each year our local irrigators, water managers, and Fish and Wildlife biologists work together to strategically release water from Painted Rocks Reservoir into the Bitterroot River to maintain flows that provide enough water for important irrigation operations while sustaining healthy levels for fish and other wildlife. Bell Crossing,…

Restoration and Agriculture Virtual Field Trip

Restoration and Agriculture Virtual Field Trip

In the Bitterroot Valley, water is ingrained with the way of life for many. Whether it’s through irrigation driving their livelihood or from the booming angling/outfitter industry. Water ties in for so many.  These topics were the focus of a new educational opportunity for local high schoolers provided by the Bitterroot Water Partnership this fall….

Celebrating our 2022 Cash for Cutthroats Guides

Celebrating our 2022 Cash for Cutthroats Guides

On June 24, 2022 a collection of Bitterroot Guides donated their day’s tips to the Bitterroot Water Partnership, expressing their commitment to help the organization continue its efforts to restore and protect the Bitterroot’s tributaries – our fish factories. Guides participating in ‘Cash for Cutthroats’ understand the difference that clean, cool streams make for our…

Congratulations! Jay Meyer Receives Honorary American FFA Degree this October

Congratulations! Jay Meyer Receives Honorary American FFA Degree this October

We’re thrilled to recognize our long-time partner, supporter, and treasured Bitterroot neighbor, Jay Meyer, for his receipt of the Honorary American FFA Degree this October. This recognition is reserved for individuals who have dedicated outstanding personal commitment to provide exceptional service on a national level to agriculture, agricultural education, and Future Farmers of America (FFA)….