HydroSolutions to complete Comprehensive River Management Plan for the Flathead River


2018 is the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Montana is home to two Wild and Scenic Rivers (WSR), the Flathead and the Missouri. A third WSR is currently under consideration, East Rosebud Creek, which originates in the Beartooth Mountains.  HydroSolutions was selected by Region 1 of the United States Forest Service (USFS) to  complete the Comprehensive River Management Plan (CRMP) for the three forks of the Flathead River. Our fisheries biologist and environmental policy specialist, Leanne Roulson, recently participated in a CRMP workshop led by the San Bernardino National Forest. The CRMP workshop examined the river values for three recently designated WSRs in California and used these rivers as templates for assessing user capacity for updating CRMPs across the nation. HydroSolutions is working with the Flathead National Forest here in Montana to revise the management plan for the WSR segments of the North, Middle, and South Forks of the Flathead River. The Flathead CRMP will assess recreational uses, fisheries, water quality, and water quantity on the three forks and update management practices to conserve the exceptional river values that Montanans treasure. More information on the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and designated rivers across the nation can be found at: www.rivers.gov/wsr50/