||The Jefferson River Watershed Committee [JRWC] grew out of concern by local
anglers about a decline in fish populations in the Jefferson River and interest among
local irrigators in solving ongoing water shortage problems. Realizing that they shared a
common interest in the health and vitality of the Jefferson River, a small but diverse
group of basin residents met in the spring of 1999 to begin a series of informal
discussions about natural resource issues affecting the watershed. The group has quickly
evolved into a very dynamic local watershed group. By developing a Drought Management Plan
and serving as a forum for communication, JRWC played a key role during the drought of
2000, helping both irrigators and the fishery survive the crisis.
The Jefferson River Watershed Council is a forum to promote locally based resource
management in the Jefferson River watershed. Through a spirit of cooperation and sharing,
our mission is to coordinate efforts that will enhance, conserve, and protect the natural
resources, the quality of life, and the economic vitality of the area."
JRWC is made up of representatives from local agriculture, conservation, business,
recreation, and community interests, as well as representatives from local municipalities
and advisors from government agencies and nonprofit organizations. The group seeks to be a
positive voice for the effective management and enhancement of the basins resources.
JRWC operates on a cooperative and consensus basis.
Meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month, either at the
Twin Bridges school or the USDA Service Center in Whitehall, Montana. All meetings are
open to the public. The Jefferson River Watershed Council is currently in the process of
hiring a coordinator. If you are interested in applying or would like more information
about JRWC meetings, please contact Paul Azevedo at the Montana Department of Natural
Resources and Conservation, firstname.lastname@example.org