Ruby Valley Conservation District

Since 1939, the Ruby Valley Conservation District has worked to bring people together for agricultural and natural resource enhancements in the Ruby Valley.  Their history of conservation successes, current projects, and future plans will serve to protect and preserve the stability of the Ruby Watershed for many years to come.

The principal resource uses occurring in the Ruby Valley Watershed include, cropland, grazing, mining, timber harvests, and recreation (fishing, hunting, floating, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, as well as observational recreation). 

Programs and Activities

  • Natural Streambed and Land Preservation Act: (75-7-101 et seq. MCA)- (310 Permitting Process) Any private individual or corporation that proposes to work in or near perennial streams must first apply for a permit from a conservation district.
  • Water Quality: Conservation districts work with federal and state agencies to identify and prioritize areas affected by non point source pollutants. They help landowners coordinate technical and financial assistance to improve water quality on their property.
  • 5 Year Watershed Restoration Plan: CDs coordinate and/or participate in local efforts to increase the effectiveness of resource management and planning activities on private, county, state and federal land.  The RVCD, through the Ruby Watershed Council, is in the process of writing a 5-Year Watershed Restoration Plan.
  • Education and Outreach: RVCD engages in educational activities through the Ruby Watershed Council with people of all ages to help them understand the value of conservation and how best to accomplish it.
  • Resource Assessments: Channel Migration Mapping, Groundwater Mapping, Wetland and Riparian Area Mapping, Groundwater to Surface water modeling, Weed Mapping... these are just a few products available to landowners, public land managers and local decision makers to help make good decisions on the ground.

Contact Ruby Valley Conservation District

Shirley Galovic
District Administrator
209 South Main St.
PO Box 295, USDA Sheridan Services Center
Sheridan, Montana  59749-0295
Phone: (406) 842-5741 ext 101
Fax: (406) 842-5914


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Madison County, Montana

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