January 25, 2008

In this month’s Montana Public Radio commentary, CFRTAC volunteer Pat Munday highlights the need for a comprehensive restoration plan for the Upper Clark Fork River Basin. With $20 million available in this grant cycle of the Natural Resource Damage Program, and major settlements on the way, a lot of money will be spent in the upper Clark Fork on restoration and replacement projects. “A watershed is a closely integrated system where the parts interact in intimate and sometimes unexpected ways. Without a holistic or “big picture” understanding, it is easy to fall into bad management practices.” What’s needed, he writes, is the approach that was taken at Silver Bow Creek, where a restoration plan was developed with broad public involvement. Read the commentary here (PDF).

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