News & Announcements

New! WELL AWARENESS COURSES – APRIL 2018

The Gallatin Local Water Quality District will be offering two-hour courses about best practices for protecting your family’s drinking water, and how to conduct a ‘well assessment’ on your property.

Courses will be held from 5:30-7:30 pm at different locations for your convenience:

  • MANHATTAN, MT on Tuesday, April 10
  • BELGRADE, MT on Wednesday, April 11
  • BIG SKY, MT on Tuesday, April 17
  • BOZEMAN, MT on Wednesday April 18

Visit our Well Awareness Courses page for more information or to register.

2018 GALLATIN STREAM TEAMS APPLICATION NOW AVAILABLE!

The 2018 volunteer monitoring season is fast approaching.  GLWQD and the Greater Gallatin Watershed Council invite anyone 18 and older who is interested in dedicating time to monitor water quality on local streams to submit an application and summary of availability.  The application can be found here.

For more information about Gallatin Stream Team, visit the Stream Teams Volunteer Monitoring page.

2018 MONTANA STORMWATER CONFERENCE – “RUNNING WITH RUNOFF”

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Montana Storm Water Conference, May 1-3 in Bozeman.  This is a time to gather, share, learn and collaborate on storm water quality issues with your local, regional and national colleagues.  Attendees will learn about storm water program planning and management, water quality planning and monitoring, and Best Management Practice case studies.  Special emphasis will be given to sustainability topics such as asset management, land-use planning, green infrastructure, low impact development, and funding mechanisms.  Special training sessions will expand opportunities for attendees to LEARN, NETWORK, AND PARTICIPATE!

LEARN MORE at mtstormwaterconference.org or call (866) 633-8110.

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.

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.