By Karen Filipovich, Professional Facilitator 

The Big Sky Sustainable Water Solutions Forum (Water Forum) is hosting two community meetings in Gallatin Valley focused on Big Sky’s water resources. Stewardship decisions made in Big Sky affect both the Gallatin and Madison river systems. Meetings will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on September 13 at the Belgrade Community Library and on September 18 at the Bozeman Public Library.

The Water Forum is a collaborative group of diverse stakeholders working together to identify recommendations to address water resource challenges in the Big Sky area. The group is focused on identifying solutions in three water resource areas: ecological health of the river systems; water supply and availability; and wastewater treatment and reuse.

Stakeholders representing agriculture, business, conservation, local government, state and federal agency, and recreation interests have identified a common vision, goals, and initial priorities for Big Sky’s water resources.

Information will be presented about water resources in the Big Sky area and how the collaborative Water Forum is working to identify ways to ensure that healthy river systems are maintained and community needs are met.

Find out about the water resources in Big Sky and downstream in the Gallatin and Madison watersheds. Recreationists, agricultural producers, conservationists, community members, residents, and other water users all have a stake in managing and using high quality water resources.

Meetings are free and open to the public. Questions and input from community members are welcomed at these meetings.

If you cannot attend, we’d still like your help. Consider taking our short survey so that we can hear from you about what you think is important for our community waters.

For more information, contact Karen at [email protected].

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