East Fork of the Bitterroot - Revegetation
East Fork of the Bitterroot River on HWY 93 near Sula, MT
Reduce sediment pollution and high water temperatures by revegetating a 5,000 foot section of riverside
The East Fork of the Bitterroot River has endured a long struggle with thermal pollution (high temperatures) and excess sedimentation that impairs a 5,000 foot river reach. Healthy riparian habitat can mitigate these challenges.
Native streamside plants:
Form thick webs of roots that hold land together, reducing erosion and resulting sediment pollution
Improve water quality by filtering pollutants
Create shade to keep waters cool for thriving native fish and other aquatic life
Help refill our underground water supply
Provide important habitat for fish, birds, and other wildlife
With the help of volunteers and Ravalli County Resource Advisory Council, we completed five separate projects to revegetate 5,000 feet of riverbank.
Across six years the entire bank side was revegetated with native plants such as Chokecherry, Redosier Dogwood, Black Cottonwood, Serviceberry, and Quaking Aspen.
2010 - 2016
Ravalli County Resource Advisory Council