MONTANA’S FIRST CROWDHYDROLOGY STREAM GAUGE INSTALLED ON BRIDGER CREEK
GLWQD has partnered with the US Geological Survey to install Montana’s first CrowdHydrology stream monitoring station, located on Bridger Creek in the Creekwood Subdivision. The station is outfitted with a water level gauge and instructions for taking and reporting water level readings. CrowdHydrology turns citizens into scientists by providing an opportunity for anyone to report the water level to a database via text message, where it is reviewed before being posted for public use. This data helps create a more thorough historical record of streamflow that can be used to inform management of our community’s water resources.
Please take a moment to text in a reading if you’re walking Bridger Creek in the area!
Data from the gauge can be viewed or downloaded from the CrowdHydrology website here.
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:
GALLATIN COUNTY WATER SUPPLY OUTLOOK
Gallatin County Extension is now compiling monthly water supply outlook reports for the Gallatin County region, reporting 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 can be found here.
Gallatin County Emergency Management provides comprehensive flood preparedness information, including how to prepare for and stay safe during a flood.
Gallatin County Planning 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. 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 of the update 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.
Current floodplain boundaries can be viewed on the Planning Department’s web mapper. Please select one or more ‘FEMA layers’ in the upper right. Layer display is scale-dependent.
Was your well inundated by flood water? Please see our Well Disinfection Procedure.