Coordination & Collaboration

The Western Montana Conservation Commission plays a crucial role in coordinating and collaborating with organizations across western Montana. We support and strengthen partner programs’ efforts to protect the region’s water quality through financial assistance, education and outreach, staffing support, and more.

The WMCC encourages close cooperation and coordination between federal, state, provincial, tribal, and local resource managers for the establishment of compatible resource development standards, comprehensive monitoring, and data collection and interpretation. We coordinate with local leaders, organizations, and industry within the region on key natural resource issues to increase support and leadership for advancing water quality protections. Additionally, we provide complementary support to partner programs and projects while emphasizing appreciation and recognition of exemplary efforts across western Montana. By addressing issues and existing gaps and ensuring regular communication with decision-makers and local partners, we strive for behavioral changes in our communities to protect western Montana’s waters. 

You can learn more about our extensive partners across western Montana by visiting Montana Waters: Clearly Connected.


Our collaborating partners play an important role in shaping the work of WMCC through participation in committees. These committees guide the efforts of the Commission and support the protection of western Montana’s aquatic resources. All Commission and Committee meetings are open to the public. Contact us for meeting details.

Executive Committee

Unless there are member conflicts, WMCC’s executive committee meets every other Tuesday at 12 PM to coordinate and track Commission activities, plan upcoming meetings, and address emerging and timely issues. 

Members: Mike Koopal (Chair), Onno Wieringa (Vice-Chair), Sandy Beder-Miller, Tracy Campbell, Rich Janssen, Phil Matson, Lech Naumovich, Mark Bostrom, Kate Wilson, and WMCC staff.


WMCC is currently in the process of developing committees that will best support Commission’s mission and duties.