Milk River Ridge Reservoir
Canadian St. Mary Diversion Dam
Canadian St. Mary Diversion Dam
Looking past the diversion dam
Speakers representing, USBOR, SMRWG, & Blackfeet Nation
US St. Mary Diversion Dam
Bottom of drop 4
Drop Structure 4
MRCDC and MRWA Coordinators
Tour Group at Drop Structure 5
The 2017 River Rendezvous was a success! The tour went into Canada to view the Milk River Ridge Reservoir, Canadian St. Mary Diversion Dam, and St. Mary Reservoir. The tour looped back down into Babb, MT to view the US St. Mary Diversion Dam, siphon tubes, and drop structures. The event was open to the public and had a wonderful turnout of over 60 participants! Thanks to all who made this great event!
The event was made possible thanks to MRWA, MRCDC, MRWCC, MT Department of Natural Resources & Conservation, US Bureau of Reclamation, Glacier County, Hill County, Phillips, Blaine County, Valley County, McCone County, Lewis and Clark, Fergus, Cascade, Petroleum County, Garfield, and Gallatin Conservation Districts. Additional thanks to USBOR, SMRWG, Alberta Irrigation Projects Association, Blackfeet Tribes, and MRWCC for speaking during the tour.
The Milk River Watershed Alliance quarterly meeting will be held June 26th, 2017 at the Shelby Comfort Inn at 5:00 PM. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, contact 406-654-1334 ext. 101.
To view the agenda, click the “Agenda” tab above.
If you are interested in attending the 2017 River Rendezvous in Glacier County please RSVP by June 9th to MRWA Coordinator, Jenifer Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.org (406)-654-1334 ext. 101
Your are invited on behalf of the MRWA and the Missouri River Conservation Districts Council, to the 2017 River Rendezvous that will tour the St. Mary diversion system on June 27, 2017 in Glacier County. There will be an optional same-day tour in Canada of the Milk River Ridge Reservoir and irrigation systems in Alberta.
The tour will include the dam, siphons, canals, and drops that were constructed in 1917 to provide water to the Milk River which then flows into the Missouri River below Fort Peck Dam. The Milk River would run dry 6 out of 10 years without the added flow from the diversion.
Please RSVP by May 26th to Jeni Anderson 406-654-1334 ext. 101, email@example.com
or Rachel Frost 406-654-0056, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark your calendars! We hope to see you there!
Milk River Watershed Alliance Annual Work Plan
GOAL: Identify noxious weeds in the watershed and contain, prevent, and or eradicate infestations.
• Objective: Inventory noxious weeds within the Milk River corridor
Action Item: Compile existing inventories from Hill, Blaine, Phillips, and Valley County Weed Districts
Action Item: Develop strategies to further incorporate biocontrol of weeds.
GOAL: Provide watershed education and outreach to the entire basin to raise awareness of natural resources. Support the St. Mary’s Working Group on the importance of the St. Mary’s Diversion Dam and Intake Canal reconstruction and repair to the Milk River Watershed.
• Objective: Educate basin residents on importance of St. Mary’s Diversion system to the Milk River Watershed residents, irrigators, municipalities, tribes, wildlife, recreationalists, etc.
Action Item: Develop and distribute MRWA newsletters and write and publish articles in local media pertaining to MRWA; create and maintain MRWA website/social media; prepare displays that detail projects/programs within the watershed or individual Conservation Districts that can be used at fairs, meetings, seminars, local businesses and special events, etc.; and promote a better understanding of the Milk River Watershed.
GOAL: Encourage collaboration, coordination and communication with existing as well as new partnerships.
• Objective: Continue working with local, state, federal and tribal agencies; irrigators, irrigation districts, landowners, St. Mary’s Working Group and other watershed organizations on issues affecting the Milk River Watershed. Action Item: Invite partners to attend MRWA meetings; include partners in email correspondence, etc; attend partner meetings.
GOAL: Improve irrigation efficiencies.
• Objective: Coordinate with partners to identify areas in need of improvements to increase efficiencies.
Action Item: Conduct irrigation system assessments, prioritize potential projects; seek funding to complete projects.
MRWA Work Plan PDF
The quarterly meeting for the Milk River Watershed Alliance is Thursday, March 23rd at the Valley County Courthouse in Glasgow, from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, please call (406)654-1334 ext. 101.
The agenda will be announced closer to the date of March 23rd.
The Quarterly Meeting for the Milk River Watershed Alliance was Thursday, January 12th at the Duck Inn conference room in Havre, from 10 a.m. to 2p.m. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, please call (406)654-1334 ext. 101
To view the agenda, click on the “Agenda” tab above.