Sun River Watershed Group Turns 25!!

The Sun River Watershed Group is celebrating 25 years as an organization on August 24, 2019.

The tour will start and end at Fairfield High School – departing at 9 (arrive at 8:30 to sign in) and returning around 1:30. We’ll make stops on upper and lower Muddy Creek, visit a riparian buffer-style restoration project at Mill Coulee, then head to the Lowry Bridge BLM access area, finally looping back to Fairfield. Topics include streamflow and water quality monitoring programs, water management for Muddy Creek, Muddy Creek issues and past projects, riparian buffer projects, fish habitat issues, and channel migration/riverbanks. Our guest speakers include Erling Juel (GID), Al Rollo (SRWG), Jason Mullen (FWP), Mark Ockey (DEQ) and Chris Ellison (USGS).

Because time is limited, we won’t be able to cover the whole watershed – we want folks to have time to get up to Sun Canyon Lodge for our evening celebration! To supplement the tour, MSU Water Quality Extension is creating a Story Map, which will basically be a supplemental tour – describing areas, projects, and issues we won’t have time to visit. Bring your tablet or smartphone to follow the virtual tour as we go, wherever reception allows. The virtual tour will eventually also be posted on our new website.

One of the goals for the tour is to educate landowners about riparian buffer projects – things they can do to promote river health and better water quality. However, so far no landowners have signed up for the tour. 

Sign up for the tour by clicking here. It’s free, but you must RSVP because space is limited. We’ll provide water, soda, and some light snacks to tour guests. If you haven’t bought your tickets for the evening event, you can do so here. If you work for an agency and are unable to access Eventbrite due to firewall issues, contact Tracy at 406-241-2868 or via email at

Don’t forget to get your tickets to SRWG’s 25th anniversary event, August 24. You can buy them online here or at the Greenfields Irrigation District or Montana Valley Irrigation offices.