News & Announcements

PRESCRIPTION TAKE-BACK DAY –  OCTOBER 28 AT THE LAW & JUSTICE CENTER

The Missouri River Drug Task Force is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which will take place at the Gallatin County Law & Justice Center on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 10:00am – 2:00pm.  This is a great opportunity to safely dispose of unwanted, unused prescription medications.

In the 13 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds—more than 4,050 tons—of pills!  The following items will NOT be accepted at the event:

NEEDLES & SHARPS
THERMOMETERS (MERCURY)
OXYGEN CONTAINERS
CHEMOTHERAPY/RADIOACTIVE SUBSTANCES
PRESSURIZED CANISTERS

DRAFT CHANNEL MIGRATION ZONE MAPS AND REPORTS COMPLETED FOR EAST & WEST GALLATIN RIVERS

Tony Thatcher of DTM consulting and Bozeman geomorphologist Karin Boyd have completed draft channel migration zone (CMZ) maps and reports for the East and West Gallatin Rivers.  CMZ mapping is based on the understanding that rivers are dynamic, moving laterally across their floodplains through time, and is a science-based tool that can be used to help the public, landowners, and decision makers develop an understanding of river dynamics, along with the inherent risks and benefits associated with those processes. The draft reports can be found here.

GALLATIN COUNTY EXTENSION COMPILES DROUGHT RESILIENCY REPORTS

Gallatin County Extension is now compiling Drought Resiliency Index reports for the Gallatin County region, reporting two current years of data from nearby NRCS SNOTEL sites and USGS stream gages and comparing it to longer term averages.  The reports also include the NRCS Surface Water Supply Index and the NOAA’s Drought Monitor maps.  Online reports, as well as printable PDFs can be found here.

PHARMACEUTICALS IN GROUNDWATER IN THE GALLATIN VALLEY – FINAL REPORT PUBLISHED

The Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology (MBMG) and the Gallatin Local Water Quality District collected wastewater, groundwater, and surface-water samples from different land-use settings across the Gallatin Valley to screen for the occurrence and distribution of pharmaceuticals and personal care products, and to evaluate the effectiveness of different wastewater treatment processes on removal.  The findings of the study have been summarized in a report published by MBMG.

ARSENIC IN GROUNDWATER – FINAL REPORT AVAILABLE

GLWQD has completed the 2016 Western Gallatin Valley Arsenic Distribution Project, which focused on domestic wells in the Amsterdam-Churchill area.  A report of our findings is available here.  A project summary is also available.

For more information about arsenic in groundwater, please read our fact sheet.

FEMA UPDATING FLOODPLAIN MAPS

Gallatin County is currently working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Montana DNRC to update Flood Insurance Rate Maps for the West Gallatin River and Bozeman Creek and its tributaries.  New Flood Insurance Rate Maps from this project are expected to be finalized in 2018 after a technical and public review process.

The finalized maps may be used by lenders, insurance agents, county government, property owners, and developers to determine areas of flood risk.  Gallatin County GIS has put together an interactive map viewer for visualization and planning (non-regulatory) purposes.  Users are advised that the interactive map may not align exactly with the official FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps, which will be used by lenders.

Visit the Gallatin County Floodplain Mapping Webpage for more information, to use the interactive mapper, and to learn about upcoming informational open houses.