Marias Saline Wetland Restoration Site
In-Lieu Fee (ILF) | Wetland
Sunburst, north of Shelby, Montana
Marias Watershed #8
Proposed construction planned to begin fall/winter of 2021
This project involves restoring a large saline wetland basin on a working farm and ranch near Sunburst, Montana. In the 1950s, a large pit was dug into the basin to provide fresh water for livestock and irrigation. Over time, it resulted in the draining and alteration of the natural hydrology of the wetland.
The saline pit will be filled, and compensation given to the landowner to remove farming disturbance from the wetland basin and buffer area. The buffer will also be revegetated with native, salt-tolerant species.