2017 Big Sky Watershed Corps Members
What are the BSWC members up to?
Madison Boone, OneMontana and MSU-Extension: In her second term, Madison has recently been building capacity for MSU Extension by developing the Climate Science Team program, working on coordinating with other team members and outreach for workshops. She has been continuously working on a drought vulnerability assessment for the GGWC by talking with stakeholders and checking water availability through the Gallatin County Drought Resiliency Index.
Valerie Stacey, Lewis and Clark County Water Quality Protection District: Throughout her term, Valerie has been working on community education and outreach with monthly meetings to further education within the Helena watershed. Lately she has also been working on writing a report for a 319 grant task for non-point source pollution prevention to improve protection and increase the overall health of the Helena Watershed. She also organized a public outreach event, the Running Water for Helena 5k and 10 mile run on June 24th.
Ian Cavigli, Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Montana: Ian has been progressively working on a pollinator project for his organization throughout his term; increasing capacity by designing and building a webpage disseminating education and outreach materials about pollinators, different pollinator projects, success stories of various pollinator initiatives, and more. He has also built a demonstration garden at the SWCDM office and planted its four beds with pollinator-friendly plants and several common Montana crops.
Willie Friedman, Musselshell Watershed Coalition, Missouri River Conservation District Council, and Petroleum County Conservation District: Willie has recently been working on organizing a canal seepage study and sampling discharge in canals, this study will help gather information on discharge in the canals in order to protect the water of the Musselshell. Before, he was involved in many small community education and outreach events around his area. Willie is planning a canoe trip in August working on salt cedar removal in the Fort Peck area and has also been working on a zebra mussel response task force.
Angela Davis, Montana Aquatic Resource Services: Angela has been working on a multitude of different events; recently she was involved with Give Big and the Yellowstone River Symposium. For these events Angela worked on building capacity for her organization and spreading education about her organization and what MARS does. She is now working on a survey to send out to the Yellowstone River Symposium participants to increase her outreach abilities for next year and reorganizing the grant system.
Leah Bellus, Gallatin Local Water Quality District and Greater Gallatin Watershed Council: Leah was recently a part of Farm Fair in Belgrade and held a booth at the event. Increasing her education and outreach, she taught the water cycle to over 1,000 4th graders. She has also been increasing the capacity of her organizations by continually working on updating the Gallatin Watershed Sourcebook. Leah is also involved in helping keep the Gallatin watershed healthy by leading the Gallatin Stream Teams.
Julia Wochos, Bitter Root Water Forum: For her term, Julia has been working on several education and outreach projects as well as building capacity by leading the earth stewardship program through her organization. She has been involved with running field trips with 7th and 8th grade students at local schools as well as being involved in improving the overall health of the Bitter Root with restoration projects on streambanks and watershed enhancement teams.
Tiffany Martin, Flathead Lakers: Tiffany recently participated in boosting her organization’s educational capacity by having a booth at an Arbor Day event that focused on family forestry – riparian station. She has been working on multiple different willow plantings in order to increase the bank stabilization and overall health of her watershed. Tiffany has also been doing a lot of small maintenance projects throughout her term that involve restoring tree tubes (trunk protection), fencing, etc.
Megan Guy, Beaverhead Conservation District: Megan is continuously working on revamping her organization’s social media pages to increase capacity and outreach for her organization. She has also been working on a 5 year grazing experiment to increase soil and streambank resiliency and meeting with others to discuss tackling turbidity issues to increase long-term watershed health. She has recently been helping the Centennial Valley Association and The Nature Conservancy with willow planting and field work for streambank restoration.
Taylor Dove, The Nature Conservancy: Taylor is progressively working on multiple different GIS maps for her organization, looking at soil resiliency, species probability and landowner easement maps and increasing her organization’s capacity by organizing that information. She has also been involved with willow planting partnered with the Centennial Valley Association to increase health of the watershed.
Evan Norman, Clark Fork Watershed Education Program: Evan in his second term has been involved in multiple education and outreach programs for his organization like doing trout dissections and microbiology projects, as well as taking high school students to do snowpack activities and different field trips. He has also been involved in increasing watershed health with beaver mimicry projects, helping evaluate reclaimed mine sites, and organizing a fly fishing camp.
Casey Gallagher, Milk River Watershed Alliance: Casey has been involved in expanding their education and outreach on the Milk River in Glasgow, talking about the importance of keeping the Milk River healthy and responsible irrigation practices. She has recently been writing some small grants and organizing the Malta and Fort Peck water meetings. She will also be working on salt cedar inventory and different flow measurements with the Milk River this summer.
Chelsea Pardo, Madison River Foundation: Chelsea has been working on education and outreach within her organization with small events as well as revamping their social media and creating a website. She has begun a fish diversion project, using a bubble curtain, in order to protect threatened and important fish species from going up into canals and getting stuck. She put on a fundraiser in June and will be running her “Speaker Series” events throughout July. Chelsea was also recently involved in planting over 500 willows on the Madison.
Brendan Hallmark, Missoula Conservation District: Brendan has mostly been working on a riparian buffer guide during his term; currently that guide is in technical review before implementation. This guide’s goal is to increase education about proper ways to protect riparian zones. Brendan recently has also been working on public outreach through community meetings.
Lucinda Morris, Wildlife Conservation Society: In her second term, Lucinda has been busy revamping her organization’s website and also increasing capacity and outreach to her organization by sending out newsletters that give updates about what her organization is up to. She has also been running her “Speaker Series” events that run throughout the summer to educate audiences about certain selected species and their importance.
Madeline Pruszenski, Madison Conservation District: Madeline is working on improve the health of the Madison watershed by starting up the Madison Stream Teams. She has also been increasing the conservation capacity of her program by progressively working on the Madison watershed restoration plan, discussing ground water issues in the Madison, while also being involved in some macroinvertebrate sampling.
Chelsea Roston, Bureau of Land Management: Chelsea has been working on collaborating with scientists across the eastern side of the state to work on providing capacity to restoring environmental health in the Fort Benton area. She is involved with a hydrology project and some stream restoration projects, bat surveys, as well as introducing a bug species to address invasive plants. She has also been involved with cottonwood and willow restoration for streambank stability as well as a prehistoric fossil display for educational purposes.
John Lange, Musselshell Watershed Coalition, Missouri River Conservation District Council, and Petroleum County Conservation District: John has been working on organizing a canal seepage study and sampling discharge in canals as well as salinity monitoring projects in the Musselshell, this study will help gather information on discharge in the canals in order to protect the water of the Musselshell as well as measuring the salinity to make sure it is at acceptable levels. Before his field season, John was involved in many small community education and outreach events around his area. He will also have a canoe trip in August working on salt cedar removal in the Fort Peck area.
Will Seeley, Blackfeet Tribe: Agricultural Resource Management Plan: Will has continuously been increasing capacity by working on an Agricultural Resource Management Plan for his organization that addresses water, agriculture and land management within the Blackfeet Tribe. He has also been working on an Indian initiative for buffalo, as well as a noxious weed committee and zebra mussel study that aims to protect the health of the watershed from the threat of invasive species.
Emily Casey, Gallatin River Task Force: In her second term, Emily has been busy working hard on the Big Sky Watershed Conservation Program and has so far saved 1,490 gallons of water a day by installing different water saving methods in homes; she is currently working on making this commercially available. She has also recently been working on irrigation efficiency measures as well as a promotional video, drought planning and willow plantings to increase overall watershed health in the Gallatin.
Kelsey Anderson, Montana Water Coordination Council: Kelsey has been working on developing a water monitoring resource website for her organization that contains information on monitoring sources, a directory of water monitoring programs in Montana, and other content. She has also been involved with outreach by revamping MWCC’s social media websites and working with the Clark Fork Basin Council.
James Bolyard, Centennial Valley Association: James was involved with working with weed data in GIS and working on a drought plan for his organization. He has just started his field season with CVA doing a multitude of different projects that involved protecting the overall health of the valley and watershed. He has been involved with willow plantings collaborating with TNC and will begin spraying noxious weeds in the valley, as well as removing beaver dams.
Karli Becher, Lake County Conservation District: Karli is busy working on increasing the capacity of a pollinator initiative for her organization; this involves giving seeds to landowners, visiting different sites, and making suggestions to improve their pollinator reception as pollinators are vital for a healthy ecosystem. She has also been involved in education and outreach with presentations in schools and Ag Days in Missoula.
Kaeli Wells, Lolo Watershed Group and Lolo National Forest: Kaeli has been organizing willow planting events as well as doing groundwater monitoring in order to maintain the health of the Lolo watershed and increase knowledge of their groundwater situation. She has also been busy in leading education events and providing capacity through consistent board engagement.
Max Lewis, Trout Unlimited: Max has been working on increasing capacity in his organization with an ecosystem wide restoration project and incorporating more wildlife species in the process. He has been researching many species and compiling research papers as well as collecting data and making it more accessible for the community. He has also been working on a video presentation for the Fly Fishing Festival as an outreach project for TU.
Katie Mumford, Broadwater Conservation District: In her second term of service, Katie is implementing significant portions of the Deep Creek Watershed Restoration plan by leading Stream Teams and their monitoring efforts. She has also been working with stakeholders to develop projects mitigating nonpoint pollution.
Carlee Sabus, Montana Conservation Corps: Carlee is increasing the capacity of the Big Sky Watershed Corps program by creating and implementing a Job Shadow program for the BSWC. She also organized an online GIS course that was offered to all of the BSWC members. Carlee has recently been working on educational trunks with different lesson plans as well as a watershed program assessment for BSWC.