Bitterroot River Health Check


The Bitterroot River Health Check program is a community based water quality monitoring program supported by of a collective of individual community members, local businesses, and non-profit organizations, as well as the Bitterroot College.


“Citizen Science” based

The Bitterroot River Health Check program sponsors a team of vounteer monitors trained in the protocols for taking water quality samples in the river, streams and lakes of the  Bitterroot River Basin. The all-volunteer teams work without charge to aid agencies such as DEQ, FWP and others  in agency sponsored water quality montioring projects, in training and educational programs at the Bitterroot College and in university related research projects, as well as other independent water quality monitoring projects in the Bitterroot River watereshed.

Education oriented

The Bitterroot College University of Montana has committed to supporting the Bitterroot River Health Check program by acquiring and housing a refrigerator to store samples; providing a small lab for working with samples and storing supplies and equipment; developing and offering a class in water quality monitoring which results in a certification; and supporting internships related to monitoring activities.

2017 Monitoring season

During the summer of 2017 a team of volunteer monitors from the Bitterroot River Health Check program will be participating with DEQ, the Clark Fork Coalition and the University of Montana Watershed Health Clinic, in a long-term (currently funded for five years) water quality monitoring project for the Clark Fork River Basin. Our volunteers will be collecting samples at four sites along the Bitterroot River from the junction of the East and West Forks to Missoula.

Besides adding a fourth site to DEQ’s long term testing in the mainstem of the river, the Bitterroot River Health Check Program is adding an additional set of monitoring sites on streams in the watershed listed as impaired for nutrients to determine the load each is contributing to the river.

Volunteer non-profit

The Bitterroot River Protection Association is a 501(C)(3) non-profit and donations to the Bitterroot River Health Check program are tax deductible. Donations to BRPA’s Bitterroot River Health Check program are spent only on equipment, supplies, laboratory/data analysis and professional services when required. Monitoring team members are all volunteers. All donors receive a complete accounting of all expenditures.

If you wish to donate to the Bitterroot River Health Check program you can go to, click on Bitterroot River Health Check and click the Donation Button. Be sure to add in the note option under the amount: “Health Check”

OR make your check out to: BRPA- Health Check and mail it to: BRPA- Health Check, P. O. Box 8 Stevensville, MT. 59870

Program sponsors include: