watershed restoration coalition
Climate Change Challenge: less water, worse drought
Grant Award: $111,455; Year Awarded: 2016
Climate change has altered the framework of effective watershed restoration. Building upon an existing restoration effort taking place in the Blacktail watershed, which supplies much of drinking water for Butte, Montana, this project combines restoration of wetlands that feed water sources for both human and wildlife use. The watershed Restoration Coalition is using the restoration effort as a tool to raise public awareness about the impacts of climate change and the importance of watershed resiliency. The project’s approach addresses the impacts of climate change by reversing the loss of wetland habitat on source water tributaries in this watershed, a trend affecting water availability on many other streams in southwest Montana.