MSUEWQ Data Hub
Big Hole River Foundation
Conducting a long-term water quality monitoring program is the primary focus of the Big Hole River Foundation. Two years of research & design have gone into building a project that will allow BHRF to collect data to evaluate current conditions and share that data with state agencies. There is a need for proactive, science-based management of this extraordinary resource. The BHRF Sampling and Analysis Plan (SAP) was officially approved by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality in the spring of 2020. Currently, no agency is collecting regular water quality data on the Big Hole. Monitoring will provide baseline conditions against which organizations and individuals can evaluate impacts and the improvement or deterioration of water quality.
Bighorn River Alliance
Beginning as a small group of concerned anglers in 1994, the Bighorn Alliance has developed into a respectable watershed-based organization that works to develop collaborative solutions to watershed problems through working partnerships within the reservation and with federal and state agencies.
Understanding that the River is dependent on the relations of many, BHRA is a true Alliance of fisherman, farm and ranch operators and river enthusiasts that are committed to become part of a working solution to address watershed challenges.
Broadwater CD - Deep Creek Monitoring
The Broadwater Conservation District works to meet the needs of its citizens while striving to ensure that natural resources are protected and responsibly used for generations to come. The BCD partnered with landowners and agency personnel in 2011 to develop a Watershed Restoration Plan for Deep Creek, which addresses excessive sediment loading, high in-stream water temperatures, and low summer flow of the creek. Thanks in large part to the generous contribution of long-term volunteer Jim Beck, the BCD team annually collects stream flow and in-stream temperature on nine sites along Deep Creek to track the progress of their restoration efforts.
Gallatin Stream Team
Gallatin Stream Teams is a volunteer stream monitoring program operated in partnership between the Gallatin Watershed Council and the Gallatin Local Water Quality District. Since 2008, citizen scientists have been testing water quality on local streams. This high-quality data is being used by Gallatin Watershed Council, the Gallatin Local Water Quality District, the Department of Environmental Quality, the City of Bozeman, and others to assess the health of the watershed.
Madison Stream Team
The Madison Stream Team is a group of local citizens that have been collecting water quality data on streams throughout the Madison Watershed since 2010. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of their volunteers, Madison Conservation District has become empowered to better understand stream conditions, identify potential concerns and sources of pollution, and to partner with federal and state agencies to address and develop restoration strategies in this region.
MSUEWQ Data Hub Software Developer
Kyle is a program in and of himself. He is the computer software programmer for the Data Hub but is also a user who uploads photos from various streams and rivers he visits around MT.
MSU Extension Water Quality provides water resource and monitoring related technical assistance to Extension agents, watershed groups and local conservation organizations across Montana in addition to working with MSU students. Mandeville creek that runs through the MSU campus provides a useful place to test methods and train students while simultaneously collecting data that may be of use for other purposes.
The Musselshell Watershed Coalition engages volunteers in stream salinity and photo-point monitoring in order to identify and address water quality concerns in the Musselshell Watershed. During the irrigation season their dedicated core of volunteers use field meters to collect specific conductance readings at several sites along the Musselshell River. This data is entered in the MSUEWQ Data Hub where it is immediately available to the public and can be used to make irrigation decisions. The salinity data is also displayed on the Musselshell River Flow & Salinity website alongside discharge data.
Sun River Watershed Group
The Sun River Watershed Group has been collecting water quality data on the Sun River and its tributaries since 2001 in partnership with long-time volunteer and science teacher Rai Hahn. Their goal is to improve the quality of the water in the Sun River and all tributaries to meet the needs of all beneficial uses established in their ongoing Sun River Water Quality Restoration Plan.