Clean and plentiful water is an essential component of life – all things rely on it for survival. The Flathead Indian Reservation is home to an incredibly diverse and complex environmental landscape containing wetlands, riparian corridors, forested mountains, semi-arid sagebrush steppe, and alpine tundra. Our ancestors have taken care of this landscape since time immemorial. Our current efforts to manage local water resources are a natural extension of this generational responsibility.
The Water Management Program was established in 1981 to help characterize the water resources on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Throughout the years the Water Management Program has been the lead technical agency on providing quality-assured data to support ongoing efforts to protect Tribal water rights and local water resources. The Water Management Program currently employs two professional hydrologists, a data management hydrologist, a chief of field operations, and three full-time hydrographers.
“Mission Statement: To preserve, protect, and enhance water resources of the Flathead Reservation for future generations.”
The Water Management Program conducts a surface water measurement program consisting of over 80 water measurement gages. Program staff work to quantify and characterize water resources on the Reservation. In addition, the Water Management Program also provides technical support to CSKT Natural Resource Department staff as well as Tribal, Federal, and local partner agencies.