The Big Sky Sustainable Water Solutions Forum
The Big Sky Sustainable Water Solutions Forum is a group of diverse watershed stakeholders working collaboratively to identify and solve water resource issues in the Upper Gallatin Watershed.
This initial phase of the project, which was completed in April 2016, interviewed stakeholders to determine their water resource concerns in the Big Sky area and whether or not they had interest in working in a collaborative planning process. Overwhelmingly, the stakeholders supported a collaborative planning process. Their water resource concerns fell into three focus areas:
- Ecological health of the river systems
- Water supply and availability
- Wastewater treatment and reuse
A community-based, collaborative stakeholder group has been formed to address water resource concerns. The group began meeting in June 2016. The final product is expected to be a watershed management plan to sustain and enhance drinking water and wastewater infrastructure and support and improve the ecological health of the river systems.
Stakeholders have reached consensus on the vision and goals.
Overall Vision Statement
Big Sky strives to be a model mountain community by protecting and improving water resources, sustaining ecological health of the watersheds, and supporting a vibrant local economy.
Ecological Health of the Rivers
A healthy and resilient river system sustained through a principled approach to watershed stewardship that includes human activities and natural processes that maintain and enhance stream, riparian and wetland conditions and connections, ensuring water remains clean and cold.
Water Supply and Availability
Manage and balance surface and groundwater supplies for a vibrant community sustaining a broad spectrum of uses and values including fisheries, wildlife, recreation, agriculture, municipal and domestic needs.
Wastewater Treatment and Reuse
Develop and implement holistic wastewater and stormwater management, utilizing best available technologies and practices, to meet Big Sky’s long-term community needs and protect and improve the ecological health of the river systems.
Water Forum stakeholders stakeholders are working to identify priorities and actions to accomplish these desired outcomes. Meetings, resources and other information will continue to be updated on this project site, so please visit again and explore the links at the top of this project page.