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Our purpose

Identify problems.. identify solutions..  involve the public..

We currently have two general categories of concern -- recreational and scientific.

Recreational concerns: 
The Big Blackfoot River is in danger of being loved to death.  Ever-increasing numbers of social-focused recreational floaters on its lower sections creates a whole raft (no pun intended) of problems including litter, sanitary problems, siltation, bank erosion, and anti-social behavior. 

More remote upper sections of the river have become so popular with trout fishermen that hook-damaged jaws on fish are becoming a frequent sight.  Crowding in some traditionally solitary reaches has become increasingly commonplace.

Management of these issues is the official responsibility of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.  However, the effort to effectively deal with these issues simply exceeds the agency's budgetary ability to address them all.

As a result FWP is increasingly dependent on cooperation with private partner groups to fill in the inevitable gaps.  The Big Blackfoot Riverkeeper strives to be one of FWP's key partners in this regard.

Scientific concerns:
While the Big Blackfoot has some exceptional programs for the gathering and monitoring of statistical data on water quality, fisheries habitat and trout inventories, there are important areas where scientific work is lacking.  For example, little information exists about the types and quantities of aquatic insects found in the river, despite the fact that they represent a critical link in the chain of a biologically healthy ecosystem.

Also, non-sport fish such as long-nosed and largescale suckers, while not considered recreationally important, represent a significant percentage of native protein in the river.  However, little information exists as to their numbers, spawning habitat, or population trends and their impact over time.

The Riverkeeper program strives to encourage, initiate and/or participate in efforts to fill in this important body of scientific knowledge in order to better understand and monitor the overall health of the river and its watershed.

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