The 2nd Annual Bitterroot Water Symposium is Friday, April 28, at the Bitterroot College UM in Hamilton.

The daylong sessions will bring out the latest information the past, present and possible future of the Bitterroot Valley's water supply. Talks will include specific topics:

  • 8:45 a.m. - Opening comments by Bitterroot College director Victoria Clark.
  • 9 a.m. KEYNOTE: "Future Growth Scenarios for the Bitterroot Valley 2017" by Larry Swanson of the UM O'Conner Center for the Rocky Mtn West.
  • 10 a.m. - "Hamilton-Corvallis-Stevensville Aquifer" studies from Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology - Groundwater Investigation Program.
  • 11:20 a.m. - "Best Practices for Protection of Soil and Groundwater" with Jay Skovlin of NRCS and Rod Daniel of Ravalli County Environmental Health.
  • 12 noon - Lunch.
  • 1 p.m. - "Characteristics of Bitterroot River and Its Ecology" with Marisa Sowles, Larry Schock, and Heather Barber.
  • 2 p.m. - "Traditional and Specialty Agriculture: Best Practices for Water Conservation" with Dan Huls and Brian McGuire.
  • 2:55 p.m. - "Water-wise Community" - Panel with Jeff Burrows, Gene MimMack, Karen Mahar, Julie Foster, Ran Pigman and Larry Schock.
  • Closing comments by moderator Nan Christianson.

    The public is invited to attend any or all of the symposium.

    For more information, call the Bitterroot College at (406) 363-0100. Or, you can check their website.