In 1998, Governor Marc Racicot established the UCFRB Remediation and Restoration Advisory Council. The Council’s mission is to:
- facilitate public dialogue
- promote public understanding
- advise the governor on remediation and restoration efforts in the basin
Major Council activities include:
- providing outreach on remediation and restoration issues and activities in the basin
- reviewing grant applications and recommending grant funding to the governor
- reviewing and recommending draft guidance and policies related to the expenditure of restoration funds
The Council consists of citizen volunteers representing the public and various interest groups, and five government representatives.
The following eight Council members were appointed as residents of the Upper Clark Fork River Basin.
Chair: Kristie Beal, Missoula
Elton (Mick) Ringsak, Butte
Billie Kulaski, Philipsburg
Maggie Schmidt, Deer Lodge
Steve Hill, Anaconda
Margery Christiansen, Anaconda
Mike Paffhausen, Butte
Bryon Nelson, Deer Lodge
- Tribal Council Chairman or designee – Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
- Director or designee – Montana Department of Environmental Quality*
- Director or designee – Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks*
- Director or designee – Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation*
- Jacque Lavelle – U.S. Department of Interior
Note: *State representatives are non-voting members.
UCFRB Meeting Notice
The UCFRB Advisory Council typically meets the third Wednesday of the month, on an as needed basis, at various locations in the Basin. Meeting dates, times and locations will be posted on our public notices council meetings page.