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Whitefish Lake, Montana

Science and Education today—a vision for tomorrow

What We Do

The Whitefish Lake Institute (WLI) is a science and education based 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation led by a volunteer board of directors and assisted by a Science Advisory Committee. WLI is not an advocacy organization—instead we conduct research and provide scientific data to help citizens and resource managers make informed decisions. WLI accomplishes its work through three key platforms, Science, Education, and Aquatic Resource Initiatives. Within these three focus areas, we establish programs appropriate to achieving the goals of our mission. WLI is funded by a broad base of members, research and education grants, special events, and through programmatic partnerships with other organizations and resource agencies. Together, we're investing in our clean water legacy.

How We Do It

WLI partners with other organizations to creatively fund research and develop programs that benefit Whitefish Lake and other local water resources. Data resulting from our Science program are provided to resource managers and the community to enable informed decision making on water quality issues. Efforts through our Education program include outdoor education opportunities for grades K-12, college internships, and presentations to civic groups. Our Aquatic Resource Initiatives include special research projects and programs deemed valuable for protecting our water resources, and staff participation in community groups that extend our reach. WLI also trains volunteer citizen scientists — in Flathead, Lake and Lincoln Counties—to monitor lakes through the Northwest Montana Lakes Volunteer Monitoring Network (NWMTLVMN). Volunteers contribute nearly 1,000 hours to the program annually. Together these three platforms allow us to reach thousands of citizens of all ages annually.


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