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Missoula Valley Water Quality District

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Water Quality District - Riparian Protection

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When you spot these and other native plants along Montana's waterways, you're seeing water protection in action. They stabilize banks, absorb pollutants and filter out chemicals 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To learn more, visit Or contact a local nursery for information on planting native shrubs and trees.

  • Black cottonwood
  • Red osier dogwood
  • Sandbar willow
  • Serviceberry
  • Snowberry
  • Golden currant
  • Woods rose
  • Water birch
  • Mountain alder
  • Chokecherry
  • Rocky Mountain maple
  • Douglas hawthorn


Listen to our radio PSAs!
Willow: Listen to MP3 File
Cottonwood: Listen to MP3 File


Watch our television PSA

Riparian Management Plans from Missoula County Subdivisions

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