The Flathead Basin project began as a river-basin EIS, guided by a citizen-based steering committee which eventually evolved into the Flathead Basin Commission, a State-legislated body. Water quality has dominated the Commission's agenda, and has been the basis for assessing ecosystem change. Science has played a central role in providing information, driving adaptive management, developing an understanding of ecosystem structure and function, and informing the public. The ecosystem approach involved defining the system as the Flathead Lake catchment basin, synthesizing available information on the system with models, considering alternative management strategies, and making initial management decisions.
Stanford, Jack A.
"Flathead Basin, Montana, ecosystem case study,"
Natural Resources and Environmental Issues: Vol. 5
, Article 9.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/nrei/vol5/iss1/9