Big Hole Watershed Committee
Water quality & quantity. Stream, riparian & wetland restoration. Wildlife. Drought management. Conservation. Collaboration. Projects & grants. A nonprofit organization committed to our river and its stakeholders. These are a few of the words that best describe the Big Hole Watershed Committee (BHWC).
The mission of BHWC is to seek understanding of and agreement among individuals and groups with diverse viewpoints on water use and management in the Big Hole River watershed of southwest Montana.
The Big Hole River is a 155 mile-long blue-ribbon trout stream. The watershed encompasses nearly two million acres, yet is home to fewer than 2,000 year-round residents.
Established in 1995 to address resource and community concerns in the watershed of the Big Hole River, the Big Hole Watershed Committee is composed of 22 governing members who represent diverse interests including: ranching, utilities, local government, sportsmen, conservationists, tourism, and outfitters. In addition to the official members, representative from local , state, and federal agencies participate as technical advisors. We are a consensus-driven, multi-stakeholder entity that works closely with other conservation organizations as well as local, state, and federal agencies on watershed restoration and management plans.
The Big Hole Watershed Committee is the trusted go-to group in the Big Hole River valley for watershed conservation. Our work over the course of the last 20 years has made a difference to the communities along the river as well as visitors to the area.