GLWQD Staff & Board

OUR STAFF

Christine Sundnas, LWQD Manager 

CS bio picChristine has been with the GLWQD since 2014 and previously served as the department’s Water Quality Specialist/Hydrogeologist until 2019. Originally from Wyoming and Idaho, she graduated from Montana State University with a BS in Land Resource Analysis and Management and a MS in Land Resources and Environmental Sciences. 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 in the Gallatin Valley and studying groundwater nitrate in central Montana.  When she is not at work she is out skiing, mountain biking, running and hiking with her husband and dog.

Email Christine at christine.sundnas@gallatin.mt.gov for assistance with administrative topics, including questions regarding upcoming board meetings, for more information about GLWQD’s Annual Work Plan or 5-year Strategic Plan, or for questions about local controlled groundwater areas.

Torie Haraldson, Water Quality Specialist

TorieTorie came to Bozeman from northern Michigan in 2008, and completed her M.S. degree at Montana State University in Land Resources and Environmental Sciences.  She joined the GLWQD staff in 2014.  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 torie.haraldson@gallatin.mt.gov for assistance with education topics, including private well testing or to inquire about District participation in education and outreach events, or for questions regarding our surface water monitoring activities, including the Stream Teams volunteer monitoring program.

Dan Blythe – Water Quality Specialist/Hydrogeologist

2020.DanDan comes to GLWQD after ten years of service at the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology. His projects include stockwater drilling reports throughout Montana, regional groundwater characterization studies, downhole geophysical investigations, aquifer mapping, and developing groundwater sampling plans around exploratory oil and gas drilling in the state. Prior to employment at the Bureau, Dan worked as an environmental consultant in the Billings and Helena areas.  He earned a B.S. in Hydrogeology from Montana State University, a M.S. of Geoscience with a hydrogeology emphasis at Montana Tech, and is a registered Professional Geologist. Dan spends his free time playing in the outdoors. His newest interests are traditional archery and the chemistry of cooking.

Email Dan at dan.blythe@gallatin.mt.gov with questions about local groundwater quality and quantity, or for more information about our groundwater monitoring activities.

OUR BOARD

Name Representing
Glen Clements Manhattan Town Council
Dr. Doug Chandler, Chair City of Bozeman “At-Large”
Dr. Steve Custer Gallatin County Board of Health
-VACANT- Bozeman City Commission
Jim Lovell Town of Manhattan “At-Large”
John Schutter Gallatin Conservation District
Kathy Gallagher City of Belgrade “At-Large”
Kristine Menicucci Belgrade City Council
Don Seifert, Vice-Chair Gallatin County Commission