GLWQD Staff & Board


Tammy Swinney, District Manager

TammyTammy began working for the Gallatin Local Water Quality District in 2000 as the Water Quality Specialist conducting groundwater and surface water monitoring along with educational outreach. She has been the District Manager since 2013. Tammy received a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences with an emphasis on water resources and molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She serves on several local and statewide committees, including the Montana Wetland Protection Advisory Council, is past-president of the Montana Section American Water Resources Association, and is a founding member of the Greater Gallatin Watershed Council where she continues to serve on the board of directors. Prior to moving to the Gallatin Valley, she conducted water quality assessments with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in Milwaukee.  Email Tammy at

Christine Miller, Water Quality Specialist – Hydrogeologist

ChristineChristine is from Wyoming and Idaho.  She graduated from Montana State University with a B.Sc. in Land Resource Analysis and Management including a minor in GIS. She also earned a M.Sc. in Land Resources and Environmental Sciences from Montana State University. Prior to working for the GLWQD, Christine worked on various environmental projects including reclamation monitoring in the oil & gas fields of Wyoming, measuring greenhouse gas emissions from thawing arctic permafrost in western Alaska, mapping irrigation ditches of the Gallatin Valley and studying groundwater nitrate in central Montana. She has been with the GLWQD since 2014.  When she is not working with water issues in Gallatin County, she enjoys skiing and mountain biking.  Email Christine at

Torie Haraldson, Water Quality Tech Specialist

TorieTorie came to Bozeman from northern Michigan in 2008, and completed her MS degree at Montana State University in Land Resources and Environmental Sciences.  She joined the GLWQD staff in 2014, and also serves on the board of directors of the Montana Watershed Coordination Council.  Torie enjoys working with the fabulous group of water resource professionals within the Gallatin watershed and across the State of Montana, and considers GLWQD’s collaborative efforts to be among the best aspects of her job.  Torie’s water resources background includes work with MSU Extension Water Quality and Great Lakes Environmental Center.  She enjoys hiking, biking and camping with her husband and daughter, and attempts to garden in spite of Montana’s challenging climate.  Email Torie at

Leah Bellus – Big Sky Watershed Corps Member

leahLeah grew up in Upstate New York spending time near the Great Lakes, Adirondack Mountains, Lake Placid, the Finger Lakes, and Canada (Algonquin Provincial Park). She received a Environmental Studies and Sustainability from Northern Michigan University while working with the Upper Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development Council.  She also spent time working with the Marquette and Alger County Conservation Districts.  After graduation, she migrated west to join Montana Conservation Corps on a Wildlands Restoration crew in the Greater Yellowstone Region.  Leah has spent a lot of time working with vegetation management and mapping, noxious weed control, as well as water quality monitoring/stream monitoring.  When not working, she enjoys fly fishing and fly tying, canoeing, mountain biking, ice climbing, trail running, and backcountry backpacking trips.  Leah loves growing micro-greens, vegetables, and herbs; as well as brewing kombucha, and fermenting foods.  Email Leah at


Name Representing Term Ends
VACANT Manhattan Town Council
Dr. Doug Chandler City of Bozeman “At-Large” 9/2019
Dr. Steve Custer, Vice-Chair Gallatin County Board of Health 9/2017
Jeff Krauss Bozeman City Commission 9/2019
Jim Lovell Town of Manhattan “At-Large” 9/2019
John Schutter Gallatin Conservation District 9/2017
Kathy Gallagher, Chair City of Belgrade “At-Large” 9/2019
Ken Smith Belgrade City Council 9/2017
Steve White, Secretary Gallatin County Commission 1/2017