Currently, there are five Teams that have been established to help fulfill the goals of the Milk River Watershed Council Canada. The Teams are actively working on different projects that will ultimately support watershed management and planning.
Water Supply and Management Team
The Water Supply and Management Team is involved in issues of water supply. This includes addressing water shortages, predicting future supply scenarios and working with Montana neighbours to address international water management strategies.
Research and Monitoring Team
The Research, Monitoring and Project Team is responsible for collecting information about the watershed and identifying gaps in our current knowledge. This Team initiates research projects that will further our understanding of watershed resources. Developing, implementing and maintaining a water quality monitoring program is a priority for this Team. This Team is also investigating bank erosion and future impacts on water supply and water quality.
The Team also promotes water conservation and best management practices in rural and urban areas. The Team works to understand agriculture and recreation impacts on water quality and implements projects that may protect and maintain water quality and riparian health. The Team may also address recreational impacts on riparian health and water quality in the Milk River.
Community Awareness and Involvement Team
At least one member of each of the Teams, plus one member of the Board of Directors and the Project Coordinator are members of the Community Awareness and Involvement Team, in addition to other interested general members. The role of this Team is to ensure that members are aware and involved in the activity of the Milk River Watershed Council Canada.
Integrated Watershed Management Plan (IWMP) Team
Created to assist in the development of the Integrated Watershed Management Plan document which makes recommendations to decision making authorities, natural resource managers, users, and residents regarding the management of land and water resources in the watershed that reflect the communities' desired watershed outcomes.
The IWMP is a guidance document and planning tool and should be considered within broader regional and municipal planning initiatives.
The IWMP will link the issues of ground and surface water quality, quantity, biodiversity, landuse and stewardship with the watershed's social and economic priorities.
Transboundary Watershed Team
Is a newly formed team that has been formed to build on the momentum of the Transboundary State of the Watershed Report (SOW). The team is responsible for developing an action plan that will identify knowledge gaps and improve information sharing with neighbouring jurisdictions for the better management of all common watershed resources.