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Our Story

What began as a few grandmothers with a desire to learn more about groundwater turned into the Bitterroot Valley’s local watershed group.  In 1993, five women realized they didn’t know enough about the precious resources that sustained life in the Bitterroot Valley, so they started asking questions.  When they couldn’t find the answers themselves, they invited local experts to come to the Valley and began offering these educational forums to the community; the Bitter Root Water Forum was born. 

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Since then, BRWF has evolved into a community driven non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the traditions of agriculture, community and recreation by protecting, enhancing and restoring the Bitterroot Watershed through on the ground restoration projects and watershed education.

Partners

Preserving the natural resources that make the Bitterroot Valley special is not the job of one organization alone; we are very fortunate to work with incredible organizations and people who share our vision for preserving the Valley. 

Most recently, we have been working closely with a handful of local organizations to form the Bitterroot Conservation Partnership (BCP).  BCP is a collaborative group of nonprofits, agencies, consultants, and individuals working together to enhance conservation efforts throughout the Bitterroot.  Partner groups include the Bitterroot Audubon, Bitterroot Conservation District, Bitter Root Land Trust, Clark Fork Coalition, Five Valleys Land Trust, Geum Environmental Consulting and Trout Unlimited.  Partners came together to assess the current conditions of the watershed and stayed together through a common desire to preserve the Valley for future generations. 

Community members and landowners are instrumental in driving the BRWF towards a healthier watershed.  Dedicated community members provide the necessary (and otherwise expensive!) labor needed to get projects on the ground in our watershed.  They also support our work by attending our public educational forums and donating money to help fund our operations.  Landowners interested in restoration provide the passion and the places necessary to implement projects that improve the health of our streams. 

Creating a Legacy

BRWF is working for a day when the watershed’s residents and visitors appreciate how integral the Bitterroot River is to the Valley’s social, ecological, and economic well-being, and make its care and protection a top priority.  We want to help urban and rural neighbors work together, using science and local wisdom, to proactively and continually maintain and improve water quality in our watershed.  We hope our accomplishments will be looked back on as the critical actions that helped preserve and enhance the health and vitality of a presently thriving watershed. 

Our legacy will be enough, clean water for all uses—agriculture, recreation, drinking, habitat—for this and future generations. 

Take Action

If you’re reading this, you’re already on your way to getting involved with BRWF—education is the first step!  We update our website (www.brwaterforum.org) and our Facebook page regularly to keep people posted on upcoming events and opportunities to get involved. 

Donating to BRWF is one of the fastest and easiest ways to support watershed education and restoration projects in the Bitterroot.  Community donations are the reason we are able to travel to local school to teach watershed lessons, offer field trips to students to see firsthand how irrigation systems work, host the Bitterroot Valley’s “Riverfest” (and keep it free of charge!) and get projects on the ground to protect and enhance our watershed. 

Volunteering your time and energy is great too!  We love working with the community to dig holes and plant native plants along the river and we could always use help with our revegetation projects.  Visit our website to find out about the next opportunity to get your boots muddy with BRWF!

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Contact Information

Bitter Root Water Forum

PO Box 1247

Hamilton, MT 59840

Phone: 406-375-2272

brwaterforum@bitterroot.net

www.brwaterforum.org

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