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2013 Blackfoot Drought Response Season Wrap-up Meeting

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On Tuesday, November 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Blackfoot Drought Committee and other stakeholders will gather to review the 2013 drought season, discuss lessons learned and brainstorm ideas for dealing with future drought conditions.

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Faced with serious drought conditions this summer, many stakeholders worked together to ensure the health and future of the Blackfoot River watershed in western Montana through a program of “shared sacrifice.”

The Blackfoot Challenge and its partners invite you to join us to learn more about how the Blackfoot Drought Response Plan works and to help us plan for future drought years.

About the Blackfoot Drought Response Plan:

This plan provides the framework for the shared sacrifice approach to drought management in the Blackfoot area of western Montana. It details activities of the Blackfoot Drought Committee as well as actions taken by water users at biologically based stream flow and temperature triggers. Although the plan is dynamic, meaning it has and will continue to evolve based on knowledge and experience, the foundation of the plan lies in the following:

  • Drought is a watershed-wide issue that requires action by all water users
  • The Blackfoot Drought Committee monitors snow pack, precipitation, weather, stream flows, and water temperatures throughout the year and provides water users with information to help plan for and prepare for drought
  • When flows in the Blackfoot River fall below 700 cubic feet per second (cfs), consumptive water users, primarily irrigators, are asked to implement individual drought management plans. Irrigators who meaningfully participate in the Drought Response will not receive a call for water from Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks
  • Fishing is restricted after 2pm if temperatures in the Blackfoot River and/or core bull trout tributaries rise above temperature triggers for 3 consecutive days.

Blackfoot Drought Response Plan – Revised April 2013
Blackfoot Drought Brochure

If you plan on attending, please RSVP to:
Jennifer Schoonen
jennifer@blackfootchallenge.org
406-360-6445

Lubrecht Experimental Forest Conference Center
38689 Highway 200 East
Greenough, MT

Source: www.blackfootchallenge.org

Celebrating 20 years of partnerships, the Blackfoot Challenge is a nonprofit organization with a mission to coordinate efforts that conserve and enhance the natural resources and rural way of life in the Blackfoot Watershed for present and future generations.

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