GLWQD APRIL 2, 2020 BOARD MEETING – CANCELLED
This meeting was cancelled due to Governor Bullock’s 3/26/2020 directive prohibiting “all public and private gatherings of any number of people outside a household”.
The agenda can be found HERE.
Anyone wishing to comment on any agenda items, please do so in writing to email@example.com by 5pm on Friday, April 17.
COVID-19 TEMPORARY OFFICE CLOSURE
Due to school closures and other factors during the COVID-19 epidemic, GLWQD staff will be working remotely for much of the time through April 10. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience during this challenging time. We are still here to assist you by phone or email: please leave us a voice message at (406) 582-3168 and we will be sure to return your call shortly, email us, or email a staff member directly: click HERE for our staff directory.
If you are in need of a well testing kit, Gallatin City-County Health Department’s Environmental Health Services office (located next door to our office) has kits available. If you would like to go directly to a lab yourself, a list of labs Certified for the Analysis of Drinking Water located throughout Montana can be found HERE.
IDAHO POLE COMPANY SUPERFUND SITE – EPA ANNOUNCES DELETION OF SURFACE SOILS AND UNSATURATED SUBSURFACE SOILS
The surface and unsaturated subsurface soils at the Idaho Pole Company Superfund Site have been deleted from the National Priorities List of the nation’s most contaminated sites. Click here to view the Federal Register notice. This deletion was proposed in 2019, and the Gallatin Local Water Quality District board and the Gallatin City County Board of Health jointly commented on the deletion. EPA’s response to these joint board comments is available here.
For more information on the site, please view our Contaminated Groundwater webpage.
WATERSHED HEALTH SUMMARY DELIVERS LOWER GALLATIN SURFACE WATER QUALITY DATA AT A GLANCE
As part of the Surface Water Monitoring Network program, GLWQD will be developing regular Watershed Health Summaries that will present data in a non-technical format aimed at enhancing the layman’s understanding of watershed health.
To view the 2018/2019 Watershed Health Summary, click HERE.
LOWER GALLATIN CHOSEN AS THE NEXT WATERSHED FOR FOCUSED RESTORATION FUNDING BY MT DEQ
The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has chosen the Lower Gallatin Watershed as its next priority basin. This means approximately $500,000 will be available to address impairment issues in the watershed’s streams and rivers.
A link to Yellowstone Public Radio’s coverage of the announcement can be found HERE.
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.
INTERACTIVE MAP FOR WATER QUALITY DATA
We are pleased to announce that a new online map is available for viewing water data in the District! The map also contains tools for finding information on geology, groundwater flow, and other environmental data. Access the GLWQD Map.
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.