Restoration Projects on Cameron Creek
In an effort to address TMDLs* for sediment and temperature on the East Fork of the Bitterroot River, the Water Forum partnered with private landowners on Cameron Creek, one of the warmest tributaries entering the East Fork of the Bitterroot River, to do on the ground restoration projects to reduce stream temperatures.
With the help of almost 75 volunteers, in 2013 the Water Forum put 1,500 native plants in the ground along Cameron Creek, one of the warmest tributaries to the East Fork of the Bitterroot River. The project also included the installation of 1,000 feet of natural erosion control logs to help stabilize stream banks and reduce erosion, planting more than 1,000 willow sprigs, and installing nearly 800 feet of riparian fencing to limit the potential for grazing on the healthy new plants.
In 2016 volunteers added additional willow sprigs and erosion control logs to bolster the existing project and continue treatment on similar banks of the stream.