Keeping Clearwater

The Clearwater watershed of Western Montana is among the most beautiful and ecologically important in our region. Yet our lakes and streams face significant challenges: failing septic systems, a history of intensive logging and roading, rising temperatures and changing flows with climate change that threaten their capacity to absorb the changes. Keeping Clearwater vividly illustrates how local students and residents have become skilled and informed ‘citizen scientists’ with a commitment to monitor and learn about our streams and lakes.  Working hand in hand with natural resource agencies, other non-profit organizations, universities and local schools, they have collected new information on the health of our local waters and have begun the work needed to restore and conserve them for the future. Keeping Clearwater is both informative and an inspiration to other communities who are working to protect our most valuable natural resource – water.



Shelby Holmes, the writer and director of Students in Action with Climate Change, was in 7th grade at Seeley Lake Elementary when the Seeley Lake schools began their involvement with the Clearwater Resource Council and the “Students in Action” program”. Spearheaded by Junior High teacher Patti Bartlett andHigh School Biology teacher Tonya Smith, over a hundred students have become 'citizen scientists', gaining hydrology skills as they actively monitor the vitality of the nearby Morrell Creek, a primary Bull Trout habitat.


Over 100 parents and students attend the premier showing of Students in Action with Climate Change directed by Seeley Lake college student Shelby Holmes in September 2015.