NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS:
March 8-14, 2015
National Groundwater Awareness Week
In celebration of National Groundwater Awareness Week, the GLWQD will be conducting a Groundwater Awareness Workshop for homeowners or anyone interested in learning about groundwater protection. This workshop is scheduled for 6:30 pm on March 11, 2015 in the Gallatin County Courthouse Community Room (311 West Main St., Bozeman, 3rd Floor). The workshop will include guest speakers from MSU/Gallatin County Extension and Gallatin County Environmental Health Services. Topics will highlight the importance of caring for your groundwater by learning about domestic well maintenance, care of your septic system, proper fertilizer use for lawns and gardens, and where and how to test your private well drinking water. This workshop will have “Well Educated” well test kits available to take home and door prizes will include a free domestic well
test and sanitary well cap.
Click here for more information on National Groundwater Awareness Week
Lower Gallatin Watershed Restoration Plan Approved
The Lower Gallatin Watershed Restoration Plan has been officially accepted by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. This restoration plan, developed for the Greater Gallatin Watershed Council, identifies the community’s priorities for watershed health and enables interested landowners to implement stream restoration projects on their properties. The Gallatin Local Water Quality District and other community partners collaborated with the Greater Gallatin Watershed Council to develop the plan. Two projects identified in the plan will be implemented this summer. At Story Mill Community Park in Bozeman, GGWC, The Trust for Public Land and others will continue restoration efforts including reconnecting streams to historic floodplains to enhance water quality, expanding wetland habitat and creating new public access along the
East Gallatin River. The second project will be on private agricultural land along Camp Creek near Norris Road and will include riparian fencing, off-stream stock water and stream bank revegetation. This is a partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Bozeman Creek Stream Health Report Card 2012-2014
With support from a Small Urban Waters Grant from the Environmental Protection Agency, the GLWQD established an urban stream monitoring network in Bozeman. This network consists of 12 monitoring stations on Bozeman Creek, Catron Creek, Mandeville Creek and Matthew Bird Creek. In 2012 and 2013, GLWQD staff, with assistance from volunteers with the Gallatin Stream Team, conducted monitoring activities and collected water quality data that will be used to establish baseline information and build a database for understanding long-term trends in water quality.
A stream health report card for Bozeman Creek was recently published highlighting some of the results from this field work. Hard copies are available at the GLWQD office and can be downloaded here. Bozeman Stream Health Report Card 2012-2014
Well Test Kits Available
The GLWQD and MSU Extension Water Quality bring you the WELL EDUCATED Program, with 'at cost' pricing on well water analysis services.
Sample bottles to test your drinking water are available for pick-up from our office (215 W. Mendenhall, Suite 300) or Environmental Health Services (215 W. Mendenhall, Room 108). Staff can assist you in determining what water parameters to test for and help you select a testing package. Call 582-3168 for more information.
Private well owners should have their drinking water tested annually.
Protect, preserve and improve ground water and surface water quality within the Gallatin Local Water Quality District
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.