Local & State Resources

Flathead Lake Biological Station at Yellow Bay, is a satellite campus of the University of Montana, and by far the best source of credible scientific information on Flathead Lake and the Flathead River Basin ecosystem.

Flathead Basin Comission was established by the Montana Legislature to monitor and protect the Flathead Lake aquatic environment. The Commission maintains an office in Kalispell and is composed of resource management agency representatives and citizen members.

Flathead Conservation District works locally to  fulfill the state’s policy to conserve soil, water, and other natural resources of the state.

Montana Water Center is a clearinghouse for Montana water-related information.

Montana Watercourse is a statewide water education program that supports water resource decision making and stewardship by providing unbiased information, resources, tools and education to all water users.

Montana Watershed Coordination Council is a partnership working to enhance, conserve, and protect natural resources and sustain the high quality of life in Montana through a watershed approach.

Montana Department of Environmental Quality is the state agency charged with protecting the state’s waters and environmental quality. The link takes you to their water quality information page.

Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks is the state agency charged with managing the state’s fish and wildlife and state parks. The link takes you to their Region 1 (northwest Montana) page.

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Department of Natural Resources has jurisdiction over water resources on the Flathead Indian Reservation.

Northwest Montana Lakes Volunteer Monitoring Network recruits and trains volunteers to monitor water quality, identify and report aquatic invasive species, and promote watershed stewardship in Northwest Montana.

National Resources

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – An extensive site, but difficult to navigate, hence the numerous links below.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service provides several grants and programs for landowners to protect clean water, wildlife, and farm soils. A description of selected, relevant programs can be found at the River to Lake Initiative website under landowner resources.

Local Organizations

Flathead Land Trust secures conservation easements on Flathead farms and critical lands to protect wildlife, scenery, water quality, and traditional ways of life.

Citizens for a Better Flathead is a Kalispell-based nonprofit that works to protect the Flathead Valley’s resources and beauty through sound planning and policy solutions.

Whitefish Lake Institute is as nonprofit organization committed to protecting and improving Whitefish area lake resources.

Headwaters Montana is a nonprofit working to protect the waters, wildlands and wildlife of the Crown of the Continent ecosystem.

Montana Land Reliance works throughout Montana to help landowners place voluntary conservation easements on their property to protect wildlife, scenery, water quality, and traditional ways of life.

American Bird Conservancy, working locally through their Northern Birds Conservation Region office in Kalispell, and Flathead Audubon work to conserve birds and their habitat.

Gravel An informative website maintained by the North Fork Preservation Association, with links to current and past newspaper stories on North Fork issues.

Lake Research & Information Resources

North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) is a partnership of lake managers that fosters research and shares information about lake management and protection.

LakeNet is a website that provides information about and a database on the world’s freshwater lakes.

Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) is a professional organization for aquatic science researchers and educators and publishes research journals.

For more links, please visit specific program and explore pages:

Saving Critical Lands

Protecting Flathead Headwaters

Thwarting Aquatic Invaders

Planning for Clean Water

Safeguarding Flathead Lake

Educating Watershed Citizens

and Explore Water Quality, Recreation and Drought & Lake Levels