2017 River Rendezvous


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.

Save the date! 2017 River Rendezvous

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, jenifer.anderson@mt.nacd.net

or Rachel Frost 406-654-0056, mrcdc@macdnet.org

Mark your calendars! We hope to see you there!


2016-17 Annual Work Plan

1-logoletterheadMilk 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