BRTU to partner with Montana TU on irrigation projects.

Many in the Bitterroot rely on irrigation diversions for our water, but irrigation can sometimes be tough on fish. The BRTU board recently met with Christine Brissette and Rob Roberts from National TU National to hear about the work being done to
address irrigation diversion issues.
This past summer, Christine and Rob were hired by the Bitterroot Conservation District to inventory diversions in the Upper Bitterroot, looking for opportunities to create more fish friendly diversions or remove in-stream barriers to migration.  The project is called “Upper Bitterroot irrigation diversion inventory and prioritization”.
BRTU board member Dave Campbell met with Christine, Rob, Chris Clancy and Mike Jakober and Cole Mayn from the Bitterroot National Forest to define forest priorities in connectivity issues between headwaters and tributaries and the main stem. There are plenty of areas where connectivity is an issue as well as stream temperature.
The goal is to identify and prioritize where real progress can bemade and then our chapter is anxious to improve the connections on those streams. Stay tuned as this worthwhile project moves ahead.
For information, please contact Dave Campbell.

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