The primary focus of the surface water monitoring program is to assess long-term trends by examining parameters associated with nonpoint source pollution that affect surface water quality. Additionally, surface water flow data will be collected and compiled to support water chemistry data and assist in water management decisions in the Gallatin watershed. The Gallatin Local Water Quality District (GLWQD) established an urban stream monitoring network in Bozeman as part of the overall monitoring program. This network consists of 12 monitoring stations on Bozeman Creek, Catron Creek, Mandeville Creek and Matthew Bird Creek.
A citizen volunteer stream monitoring program, known as the Gallatin Stream Teams, is a cooperative venture between the GLWQD and the Greater Gallatin Watershed Council (GGWC), a local nonprofit watershed group. The program began in 2008, and was designed with the intent to utilize it as a component of the GLWQD surface water monitoring program. To learn more or join the citizen volunteer stream monitoring program check out our Gallatin Stream Teams page.