Big Sky Community Storm Water Conservation Garden
The Community Storm Water Conservation Garden models landscaping practices that improve water quality! Our garden, located along the west side of the entrance to Lone Peak High School, filters pollutants by collecting and slowing runoff from the parking lot and access road. Native plants fill the garden and require little or no irrigation water to thrive. We hope the garden inspires businesses and individuals in Big Sky to choose trout-friendly practices for their own landscapes.
West Fork Restoration Project
In an attempt to stem an increasing level of harmful nitrogen found in the West Fork of the Gallatin River in Big Sky, we partnered with Big Sky Resort to enhance streamside vegetation with newly planted willows, which act as filters for fertilizer and wastewater runoff into the West Fork along the Big Sky Golf Course. This project was funded by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality and Big Sky Area Resort Tax District.
Moose Creek River Access Improvement
This project at the Moose Creek Flat Campground, north of Big Sky along the Gallatin, is a perfect example of our proactive nature and will help minimize the harmful affects of loving a river too much. We have initiated a plan to stabilize the stream banks and vegetation at this very popular site by creating access points that include a boat ramp, kayak launch, and trails, resulting in future improved water quality and fish habitat. This the project is the first in a series of projects to improve river access in Gallatin Canyon, next up: Deer Creek/Baetis Alley.
Big Sky Sustainable Water Solutions Forum
One of the biggest challenges to face our community is how growth will impact our water supply, and what to do with our wastewater. By taking on the role of host for this initiative, the Task Force is helping guide the discussions as we work toward developing a water resource management plan for our growing resort community. The forum includes a very diverse group of more than 35 local, regional, and state stakeholders that we believe will solve this very important issue.
Big Sky Water Conservation Program
The Big Sky Water Conservation Program is one of only two municipal water conservation program in Montana. Fresh, clean water is a limited resource and the amount of water each of us uses every day impacts our neighbors, local fisheries and wildlife, and downstream users. Through our program, we aim to reduce current water use and plan for a more efficient future use by incentivizing and awarding our community’s participation in efforts that prioritize water conservation.