The Tryan Project

The Tryan Project, manged by the Lewis and Clark County's Water Quality Protection District, was officially completed in the spring of 2019. The project encompasses over 5,000 feet of stream along Prickly Pear Creek, where many banks were actively eroding and highly incised; lacking vegetation to hold the banks in place, as well as connectivity to its floodplain to dissipate high flow events.

Many local partners and volunteers have contributed to the success of this project, including: Lewis and Clark Conservation District, Lake Helena Watershed Group, MT FWP, MT DEQ, and private landowners.

Landowners were interested in implementing restoration on their properties as they experience land loss from sloughing and eroding banks.

The major outcomes of this restoration project are aimed to:

  • Reduce landowner property loss
  • Improve in-stream and riparian habitats
  • Improve livestock and grazing management, implement BMPs *
  • Stabilize the stream channel
  • Improve fish habitat and increase fish populations in Prickly Pear Creek
  • Reduce the amount of sediment loading in Prickly Pear Creek

*visit this page to learn more about Best Management Practices (BMPs)

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