News & Announcements


BOZEMAN SOLVENT STATE SUPERFUND SITE UPDATE

Kate Fry from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality delivered an update on the Bozeman Solvent Site State Superfund Remediation at GLWQD’s board meeting on Thursday, May 5th, 2022. A link to the slide presentation can be found HERE.

An audio recording of the meeting can be found HERE. Search ‘LWQD’ and choose the 05/05/2022 meeting on the Past Meetings tab.


HOW WILL A WARMING CLIMATE AFFECT WATER SUPPY IN THE GREATER YELLOWSTONE ECOSYSTEM?

Current warming in the Greater Yellowstone region exceeds that of the last 20,000 years and is projected to accelerate in the future. What will be the consequences to our snowpack and waterways? Dr. Cathy Whitlock, Regents Professor Emerita of Earth Sciences at Montana State University and a Fellow of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems, spoke on these topics on March 8, 2022. A link to the recording can be found HERE.

Dr. Whitlock is co-author of the Montana Climate Assessment, the Montana Climate Solutions Plan, and a recent report on climate change and human health in Montana. She and a team recently released the Greater Yellowstone Climate Assessment (gyclimate.org).


2021 WATERSHED HEALTH SUMMARY – SURFACE WATER DATA AT A GLANCE

As part of the Surface Water Monitoring Network program, GLWQD develops regular Watershed Health Summaries that present surface water data from the Lower Gallatin Watershed in a non-technical format for all District residents.

To view the 2021 Watershed Health Summary, click HERE.


GALLATIN STREAM TEAMS IN THE NEWS

The Gallatin Stream Teams volunteer monitoring program was recently featured in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. This recognition is well-deserved, as Stream Teams volunteers are an invaluable component of GLWQD’s data collection efforts for the Surface Water Monitoring Network program. To read the story, click HERE.


GLWQD PUBLISHES 2020 GALLATIN STATE OF THE WATERS REPORT

The Gallatin Local Water Quality District has published the 2020 Gallatin State of the Waters Report. This report is produced every five years to update District citizens on GLWQD’s recent work, and to highlight important findings. Hard copies of the Report are available at the GLWQD office. To view an electronic copy, click HERE.


STATE RELEASES GUIDANCE VALUES FOR MANGANESE IN DRINKING WATER

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services have developed health-based guidance values for manganese in drinking water. Information on the health effects of manganese is an evolving science, and Montana is using a guidance value approach to help Montana families take voluntary steps to ensure that their drinking water is safe.

Because they are guidance values, there are no new or additional regulatory requirements for homeowners or public water systems, but District residents who use private wells as a drinking water source are encouraged to include manganese in their next recommended annual water quality screening. A DEQ/DPHHS factsheet can be found HERE. An associated derivation document is also available.


BIG SKY GROUNDWATER STUDY

A Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology (MBMG) Groundwater Investigation Program (GWIP) study is underway in the Upper Gallatin canyon area of Big Sky. To learn more about this study, take a look at the project fact sheet.


WELL OWNER’S REFRESHER: TAKING CARE OF YOUR GROUNDWATER VIDEO

This video, put together by Montana State University Extension Water Quality is a great resource for homeowners new to using a well and septic, or a great refresher for anyone. Check it out here: