Water Quality Partners

Local Agencies & Organizations

Partner Name Description
Association of Gallatin Agricultural Irrigators (AGAI) The mission of the association is to be the guardian and advocate of the Gallatin River system and its historically decreed water rights.
City of Belgrade Water & Sewer Department Access to the City’s Annual Water Quality Report and other water/sewer information for the city.
City of Bozeman- Water Treatment Plant Access to the City’s Annual Water Quality Report.
Gallatin Conservation District Issues 310 permits for stream bed work. Compiles monthly water supply outlook reports for the Gallatin County region.
Gallatin River Task Force Local watershed group conducting water quality monitoring on the Upper Gallatin River and its tributaries in the Big Sky area.
Gallatin Valley Land Trust A non-profit membership organization dedicated to the conservation of open space, agricultural land, wildlife habitat, and the creation of public trails in southwestern Montana.
Gallatin Watershed Council Created in 2004, this watershed group’s mission is to conserve and restore the greater Gallatin watershed resources through focused action.
Montana Outdoor Science School Providing natural resource science education programs for children in the Gallatin Valley and all of Southwest Montana.
Open Lands Board- Gallatin County The Gallatin County Open Space Bond was passed by the voters in the fall of 2000 for the purpose of preserving open space in Gallatin county by purchasing land and conservation easements from willing landowners for the following purposes: managing growth, preserving ranches and farms, protecting wildlife habitat and water quality of streams and rivers, providing parks and recreation areas.
Town of Manhattan Access to the town’s Annual Water Quality Report.

State Agencies & Statewide Organizations

Partner Name Description
Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology The principal source of earth science information for the citizens of Montana. Since 1919, it has been mandated to conduct research and assist in the orderly development of the state’s mineral and water resources. As a non-regulatory agency, the bureau provides extensive advisory, technical, and informational services on geologic, mineral, energy, and water resources in the state. Increasingly, the bureau is also involved in the study of environmental impacts on land and water.
Montana Department of Environmental Quality This website is designed to provide access to organizational information, laws, rules, permitting information, standards, and bulletins related to water quality in Montana. It also describes the water quality related programs and activities of the Montana DEQ.
Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Provides  stewardship for fish, wildlife, parks, and recreational resources of Montana, while contributing to the quality of life for present and future generations.
Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation- Water Resource Division Water rights and controlled groundwater areas, water supply and management, floodplain management, dams and canals, and the Board of Water Well Contractors.
Montana Ground-Water Information Center (GWIC) State-wide database for groundwater information (private wells, public water supply wells, groundwater quality).
Montana Natural Heritage Program Montana’s clearinghouse for information on Montana’s native species and habitats, emphasizing those of conservation concern. MT NHP scientists collect, validate, and distribute this information, and assist natural resource managers and others in applying it effectively.
Montana Natural Resource Information System (NRIS) A program of the Montana State Library, makes information on Montana’s natural resources easy and readily accessible. NRIS operates a clearinghouse and referral service to link users with the best sources of information and service. Provides online data and mapping tools for Montana’s natural resources, water, and geography.
Montana Water Center Information and resources on water-related topics in Montana. Sponsors water-related research, provides training and education for current water professionals, and educates future water professionals.
Montana Watershed Coordination Council (MWCC) A statewide coordination network for Montana’s natural resource agencies and private organizations. MWCC acts as forum for local watershed groups to help enhance, conserve, and protect natural resources and sustain the high quality of life in Montana for present and future generations.

Federal Agencies

Partner Name Description
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)- Region 8 Serving Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, and 27 Tribal Nations. The EPA has many regulatory and nonregulatory programs all with the same goal in mind, to protect the waters of the U.S.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)- Water Data and Tools Find information and resources relating to water such as current EPA water-related news, drinking water, education & training, grants & funding, laws & regulations, pollution prevention & pollution control, science & technology, and what you can do.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service- National Wetlands Inventory The National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) has been providing wetland maps and geospatial wetland data for the United States since the 1970s. The focus has been on two points; 1)map and delivery to the public, and 2) projecting and reporting on national wetland trends. The status of mapping has been available through state atlases, maps, and online using the Wetlands Mapper tool.
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Water Quality Information The U.S. Geological Survey provides scientific and technical expertise, leadership, and coordination in addressing issues concerning the quality of the Nation’s water resources.
USDA- Montana Natural Resource & Conservation Service (NRCS) The agency emphasizes voluntary, science-based assistance, partnerships, and cooperative problem solving at the community level through the locally-led conservation process. Rural and urban communities seek the help of NRCS in curbing erosion, conserving and protecting water, and solving other natural resource problems. Local, state, and federal agencies, policy makers, and special-use districts also rely on NRCS expertise.
USGS Real-time Water Data These pages provide access to water-resources data collected at approximately 1.5 million sites in all 50states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.


Partner Name Description
American Water Resources Association Professional organization that fosters the advancement of water resources research, planning, development, management and education through the establishment of a common meeting ground for physical, biological, and social scientists, engineers, and other persons concerned with water resources.
Groundwater Foundation Dedicated to informing the public about one of our greatest hidden resources, groundwater. Since 1985, our programs and publications present the benefits that everyone receives from groundwater and the risks that threaten the quality of groundwater. They make learning about groundwater fun and understandable for kids and adults alike.
National Drinking Water Clearinghouse Helping small communities by collecting, developing, and providing timely information relevant to drinking water issues.
National Hydrography Dataset A comprehensive set of digital spatial data that contains information about surface water features such as lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, springs, and wells.
River Network River Network’s mission is to help people understand, protect, and restore rivers and their watersheds.

Local Water Quality Districts in Montana

Partner Name Description
Butte-Silver Bow County Water Quality District The Butte-Silver Bow Water Quality District addresses the largest Superfund site in the United States, which is comprised of many mega Superfund sites. The district works to protect surface water, groundwater, and human health.
Lewis & Clark County Water Quality Protection District The Lewis & Clark County Water Quality Protection District was created in 1992 with the mission: To preserve, protect, and improve water quality within the District boundaries.
Missoula Valley Water Quality Protection District The Missoula Valley Water Quality Protection District was created by resolution of the Missoula Board of County Commissioners in 1993. The MVWQPD allows for the government to assume more direct control of the protection of drinking waters and streams within the District.