Bitter Root Water Forum completes restoration to benefit streams in Sleeping Child

The Bitter Root Water Forum has completed its largest restoration project, removing nearly 20 miles of abandoned and deteriorating roads and restoring the land in almost 2,000 acres in the Sapphire Mountains east of Darby.

The nonprofit detailed its efforts in a presentation to community partners July 27.

Heather Barber, executive director of the BRWF, said the project reduced sediment in Sleeping Child and Rye creeks, restoring stream health and helping westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout.