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The Waterkeeper Alliance

 Big Blackfoot Riverkeeper is a licensed member of Waterkeeper Alliance,  the fastest growing grassroots environmental movement in North America,  now with nearly 190 programs worldwide. Waterkeeper Alliance is an  international water advocacy organization that fights for everyone’s  right to clean water. 

About your Big Blackfoot Riverkeeper

 The Big Blackfoot  Riverkeeper (BBRK) is dedicated to  the protection and preservation of one of the most beautiful rivers in America -- western Montana's Big Blackfoot River.
 

Jerry O'Connell founded the Big Blackfoot Riverkeeper and is currently  our executive director.

The Big Blackfoot River

 The  Big Blackfoot, immortalized in A River Runs Through It, is classic Montana water. Clear, cold, and unimpeded by  dams for its entire 132 mile length, the river winds through three  canyons, past red rock cliffs and mountains, and alongside  wildflower-laden meadows and prairies. 

What We Do

 We are focused on two key areas -- recreational management and environmental oversight. 

Advocacy

  advocacy

ad·vo·ca·cy (ad'-vuh-kuh-see)  n.
  The act of pleading or arguing in favor of something, such as a cause,
    idea, or policy; active support.
 

And that's exactly what we're doing.  

Current Projects

 Blackfoot River Trail -- BBRK is was a key driver to establish this trail, one of only two in Montana.  We worked with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) to create the Big Blackfoot River Trail,  a series of reservation-only campsites dedicated to float-in camping.   These have no vehicle access, and require recreationists to  practice complete pack in/pack out, zero impact campcraft.
 


Become involved

In The News

Changing Waters blog:  Big Blackfoot River, One Of The Last Pristine Rivers In America 


Missoulian article:  Famous Maclean fishing holes remain elusive 


Buy My Book!

Are  you a novice or intermediate fly fisherman?  Or are you in that  just-thinking-about-trying-it stage?  Either way, you will enjoy my new  book "Fly Fishing for the Reasonably Competent".   As the name implies, this is written "for dummies", and it definitely  does not take this wonderful pastime too seriously.  I want to educate the  newbie with only the information needed to get out on the water without  feeling inferior or intimidated by that snooty guy with a couple grand  worth of gear hanging off his vest. 

All proceeds go to BBRK.

Donate

 BBRK is a true grass-roots organization.  Our operating funds come solely through donations from our supporters.
 

While larger philanthropic donations are obviously welcome, we believe  our long term success depends on a broad base of contributors from a  wide geographic and demographic landscape.  Which means we need  your help, whether your budget is $25 or $25,000.
 

All donations are tax-deductible.  If you are considering a donation, we offer two simple alternatives.
 

If you've already decided to donate and have a sum in mind, bless your  generous heart!  Click on the Donate button and follow the instructions.

If  you prefer discussing your philanthropic ideas in person, we are eager  to meet with you to more fully explain our programs and needs.  Please ask for Jerry.