In 1991, the Montana Legislature passed a new law giving local governments the authority to form local water quality districts. The Gallatin Local Water Quality District was created by Resolution No. 1995-55 of the Gallatin County Commission, and approved by the Montana Board of Environmental Review in 1997. The focus of the Gallatin Local Water Quality District is on water resources education and water quality monitoring for increased awareness of water-related issues and public health. The GLWQD serves the municipalities of Bozeman, Belgrade, Manhattan; the communities of Amsterdam/Churchill, Big Sky, and Logan; and the Gallatin Gateway/Four Corners area.
The Gallatin Local Water Quality District is comprised of a staff of three, guided by a nine-member board of citizen, professional, and government representatives from municipalities within the District.
Our Board of Directors:
- Three city council members, one from each municipality.
- Three “at-large” citizens, one from each municipality, appointed by their City Council.
- One Gallatin County Commissioner
- One Gallatin Conservation District Supervisor
- One Gallatin City-County Board of Health Director
Together, the staff and board prioritize projects and manage District resources. GLWQD board meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month, and are open to the public. For more information, see the ‘Board Meetings’ page.
Education and Outreach: Improve public awareness and understanding of local water quality, water resources, and the District.
Conduct education to increase public awareness and understanding of the importance of protecting and improving water resources within the District through educational activities and cooperating with other organizations conducting educational programs.
Monitoring and Research: Collect and analyze water data and implement monitoring projects that evaluate, protect, and improve long-term water quality.
Conduct monitoring and research activities on both groundwater and surface water that establishes baseline data needs, can be utilized to evaluate long-term trends in water quality and quantity, and to assess water quality issues of concern. Projects and activities are often undertaken by the District in partnership with other agencies and organizations.
Information Collection and Dissemination: Compile, store, and disseminate water quality data and information.
Water resource information generated by the District and other agencies and organizations is collected, organized, stored, and made available to anyone interested in water resources in the District. This includes information and water resources data-sharing among citizens, organizations, and governmental agencies to improve understanding and management of water resources in the District.
An annual $6.60 fee is assessed on improved properties and mobile homes within the District. Additional GLWQD funding comes from contracts and grants to complete specific projects and research.