Data Monitoring & Assessment

Committee Spokesperson: Jeff Reed (Monthly Meeting Minutes are posted here)

In the Upper Yellowstone Watershed Group, we try to make rigorous data the backdrop for all of our discussions and decisions. Sometimes it is helpful to set emotions aside, and remind ourselves that...

In God we trust...all else bring data.

Watershed priority-setting and subsequent management strategies require monitoring of snowpack, precipitation, weather, stream flows, and water temperatures (just to name a few) throughout the year to provide water users with information to help plan for and prepare for anticipated water conditions, including too little (drought) and too much (flooding). 

The data monitoring and assessment committee is devoted to providing reliable timely data and content. If you are interested in participating, please reach out to the committee spokesperson above via


There is a vast ocean of research and monitoring that can inform watershed planning and management. To make it easier for local citizens to access it, we provide information based on the user group:

  1. Data Nerds: We curate raw information (without assessing or interpreting it) from a host of private and public resources on to a single web page here.

  2. Research Nerds: We also curate research that is "on the ground" and focused on our actual geography. To that end, during our bi-annual 3 day workshops at West Creek Ranch, we bring together the top scientists, producers and individuals who are tackling tough problems with even tougher minds. All of the information is narrowed down in to a single Power Point document.

  3. "Get to the Point" Folks: For those of you who don't have countless hours to sit on the internet or stare at graphs and plots, we are working on a "water budget" infographic that has easy-to-understand design, reliable and timely data that is shareable and viral and tells a story that outlines the problems and how clever people solved them. We hope to complete this by 2021. It is not an easy lift. We need everyone's help to get there. For now, see our water and open spaces budget and our vital signs index.

  4. "Where's the Beef" People: Some people want to get their hands dirty working on actual community-science projects that benefit wildlife, trout, farmers and ranchers, and our economy, then our working groups are for you. We currently collect and curate our own data via three community-science projects below. Click on any of the below buttons to get involved in these community science monitoring efforts.