FLOOD AFTER FIRE RESOURCE GUIDEBOOK NOW AVAILABLE
The Montana Silver Jackets are a state and federal inter-agency team convened to help local governments, communities, and homeowners manage and reduce flood risk and protect the natural and beneficial functions of floodplains in Montana more effectively. They have created a guidebook to help those affected by wildfire access important resources. The guidebook addresses increased flood risk and debris flows that can follow wildfires, and provides tips for navigating the complex web of resources available. To download the guide, 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.
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.
WATERSHED HEALTH SUMMARY DELIVERS SURFACE WATER DATA AT A GLANCE
As part of the Surface Water Monitoring Network program, GLWQD will be developing regular Watershed Health Summaries that will present surface water data from the Lower Gallatin Watershed in a non-technical format aimed at enhancing the layman’s understanding of watershed health.
To view the 2019/2020 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 (DEQ) 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.
DEQ hosts a Water Quality Planning Projects Page, where more information and regular project updates are posted.
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: