Water Quality Monitoring
As part of an increased effort to plan for drought the Ruby River monitoring program has been monitoring all tributaries in Lower Ruby. Increased monitoring in the Lower Ruby will help to develop a more comprehensive water budget which in turn will help the Ruby Water Users meet minimum in stream flow targets. We will also be able to identify dewatered reaches and work to mitigate their effects on stream health.
The RVCD has 23 monitoring stations recording discharge and temperature data April – Oct on the following streams: Ruby River, Clear Creek, Alder Gulch, California Creek, Ramshorn Creek, Mill Creek, Wisconsin Creek, and Indian Creek.
Funding for this project has been made available through the Bureau of Land Management, MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks, and the MT Department of Natural Resources.