The central theme carried among my four portfolio pieces is: using scientific and governmental approaches to conserve watershed health. For the purposes of this portfolio, I define watershed health as a very general term that describes the state of water quantity and quality that is available for human and ecosystem needs in a watershed. I see each of my portfolio pieces focusing on a different scale and method (i.e., science or government, including different levels of government, local, state and federal) for conserving watershed health. My first portfolio piece reviews water quality degradation caused by pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) and potential solutions at the municipal level, such as mycoremediation. The second portfolio component addresses water quantity through assessing city-wide water conservation programs. Ultimately, I made several recommendations to Missoula city officials. My third portfolio piece describes my experience working in the field and laboratory for the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. This component of my portfolio identifies one of the ways the State of Montana has approached protecting watershed health. My final portfolio piece reflects on my internship with American Rivers, where I investigated how to use Wild and Scenic Rivers designation to protect rivers from select mining activities.
The following portfolio describes three distinct, yet not mutually exclusive, approaches for managing water and other resources. A common theme throughout the three approaches is that they “lay the foundation” for future management, and each piece depicts a different approach to natural resource management planning. Part One is the final report for a research and planning contract for Lolo Watershed Group. Watershed science and restoration field techniques are used to inform and develop a scope of work document for Montana Department of Environmental Quality for a future revegetation restoration project on Lolo Creek. Part Two describes some of the co-facilitation work and research that I completed in order to earn my certificate in Natural Resource Conflict Resolution from the Natural Resources and Conservation Department at the University of Montana. Both Part2A and 2B demonstrates how collaborative processes increase the capacity for information sharing and consequently improve natural resource management. Part Three is a final report to Trout Unlimited from an internship working to develop options for a drought plan in the Upper Clark Fork River Basin.