Do you sell property next to a river, creek, lake, or wetland? Are you a real estate professional or landowner looking to enhance your knowledge of waterfront property? Then consider enrolling in a "Living Near Water" course in 2013, and receive up to 6 continuing education credits.
We are now recruiting organizations and groups throughout the Clark Fork basin to host "Living Near Water" courses. For more info or to sign up, please contact Ellie Long at 406-542-0539, ext. 200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands are valuable resources and amentities that draw people to live in western Montana. Real estate professionals, builders, and architects have the opportunity to help property owners make the most of waterfront property, both economically and ecologically.
We offer three different Living Near Water courses that are accredited by the Montana Board of Realty Regulation. We can teach these courses all on the same day, or mix-and-match them to your preference -- each course is 2 credits, for a total of 6 possible credits in the Living Near Water series. The goal of the series is to teach participants about the science, regulations, and "how to" of living on property near streams, wetlands, lakes or reservoirs.
Living Near Water Fall 2012 Calendar:
Stevensville, Aug 22: “Dos and Don’ts for Riparian Property: A Field Course”
Download course descriptions below:
Topics include: how to avoid flood risk, property damage, and water pollution; how to navigate permits and regulations for riparian areas, water quality, and floodplains; stream-friendly landscaping and livestock maintenance tips, as well as resources for restoring and managing streamside property.
Issues with living near water -- A look at flooding in the Clark Fork watershed (Spring 2011)
A snowy winter in 2011 followed by a long, cool spring produced near-record snowpack, and also stretched out the runoff season. As a result, the flood peaks weren't as high as they might have been. Had the weather warmed quickly, snowmelt would have gushed from the mountains much faster, and rivers would have risen higher. Instead, we saw a prolonged period of flooding that lasted from late May to late June. The flood peaks on some streams qualified as 10-20 year events. The Clark Fork at Turah and through Milltown was about a 35-year event-- the highest flow in 25 years on record. But, as big as it was, it could have been much more extreme:
High water in Missoula: Tower Street and beyond
Big water: Creeks overflowing their banks
Videos, Maps, and Guides:
Falling for the Creek: This video by Montana Audubon and Conservation Media was produced with funds from TogetherGreen, a project of the National Audubon Society and Toyota. Janet Ellis, Montana Audubon's program director was a 2010 TogetherGreen Fellow. Falling for the Creek (MT Audubon) from Conservation Media on Vimeo.
Stream Care Shorts: What happens beside a river makes a big difference to what's going on beneath the surface. Building too close to the river's edge can harm fish and wildlife, and even damage our property. Luckily, a little care goes a long way. Check out our Stream Care Shorts at the Coalition's YouTube page to learn a few simple ways to make a big difference.
Channel Migration Zone (CMZ) Maps: In December 2009, the Missoula Water Quality District released a pilot channel migration study for a stretch of the Clark Fork River downstream of Missoula to Huson. The study documents where the channel has been historically-- and where it may be again within the next 100-years. Visit the County website to download the CMZ maps.
Stream Care Guide: The Coalition's second edition of its Stream Care Guide, released in 2009, outlines the benefits of good stream stewardship, including: increased property value, erosion prevention, avoidance of flood loss, preserved water quality, and improved habitat for birds, fish, and wildlife.