The Town of
Cusick is a small town with very limited economic resources. Its location is on the mouth of the
River as it enters the
River . The town must be protected by dikes to prevent flooding during high water events.
The 17 acre site, located within the town, was the location of an old lumber mill and was also a significant cultural resource site for the Kalispell Tribe of Indians. Although the site was not being used, it was protected by the existing dike system for future development. The 1997 flood, and the related dike failures, caused the town to consider rebuilding the dikes. NRCS was contacted for technical and financial advice via the Emergency Watershed Program. NRCS proposed moving the dike inland creating the 17 acre site and launching the town’s plans to turn the site into a park and wetland education site.