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Big Sky Sustainable Water Solutions Forum Presents Water Stewardship Recommendations

Big Sky Sustainable Water Solutions Forum Presents Water Stewardship Recommendations

The Big Sky Sustainable Water Solutions Forum proposed strategies to encourage Big Sky residents and visitors to use less water; increase water recycling; and preserve and enhance streams, riparian areas, and wetlands. The Water Forum presented twelve consensus recommendations to the community on January 31, 2018.  Successful implementation will ensure that this mountain resort community supports healthy rivers and a thriving human community.

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Big Sky Sustainable Water Solutions Forum Develops Water Stewardship Plan

Big Sky Sustainable Water Solutions Forum Develops Water Stewardship Plan

The Big Sky Sustainable Water Solutions Forum stakeholders reached consensus on recommendations for community-based priorities and actions to manage water resources in Big Sky. These actions will allow community partners to work together to address current impacts to water resources, maintain and enhance healthy river systems, maximize valuable and limited water assets, slow the flow of water through the watershed, and improve the community’s collective knowledge of the health of Big Sky’s water resources.

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Big Sky Sustainable Water Solutions Forum Begins to Identify Wastewater Treatment and Reuse Priorities

Big Sky Sustainable Water Solutions Forum Begins to Identify Wastewater Treatment and Reuse Priorities

A collaborative group of diverse stakeholders has been meeting since June 2016 to address water resource management in Big Sky. The group strives to protect and enhance the health of the river systems while providing for the needs of a growing community. In a recent meeting, the Big Sky Sustainable Water Solutions Forum focused on identifying priorities for wastewater treatment and reuse. 

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Community Meetings on Big Sky Water Resources in Gallatin Valley

Community Meetings on Big Sky Water Resources in Gallatin Valley

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.

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Big Sky Sustainable Water Solutions Forum Collectively Identifies Goals and Initial Priorities for Water Resource Management

Big Sky Sustainable Water Solutions Forum Collectively Identifies Goals and Initial Priorities for Water Resource Management

 Big Sky Sustainable Water Solutions Forum (Water Forum) stakeholders, representing diverse community and watershed perspectives, continue the collaborative effort to develop a unified watershed stewardship plan for the Big Sky area. This approach to water resources management is important because it helps the entire community work together to make decisions and manage water resources for the long term.

Participants have strongly stated that they want Big Sky to be a model community. Achieving that requires working together on common goals to address water resource challenges.

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Water Forum Begins Initial Analysis of Solutions to Big Sky’s Water Resource Needs

Water Forum Begins Initial Analysis of Solutions to Big Sky’s Water Resource Needs

On April 27, Big Sky Sustainable Water Solutions Forum (Water Forum) stakeholders and community members dove into initial analysis of what solutions might best address the water resource needs of growing human community and thriving natural river systems. Stakeholders representing community, business, conservation, recreation, downstream, local government, and agency perspectives have been meeting since June 2016 to create a community-based approach to water resources management.

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Water Forum Identifies Shared Water Resource Management Priorities

Water Forum Identifies Shared Water Resource Management Priorities

The Big Sky Sustainable Water Solutions Forum (Water Forum) is moving forward toward setting goals to guide the future of water resources management. On January 12, stakeholders met to begin the identify common ground on what outcomes are desired. Designated Water Forum stakeholders and additional members of the community expressed perspectives on water resources outcomes and identified themes that represent major values and considerations as the group moves forward.

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Wastewater Treatment and Disposal May Be the Key to Sustainable Development in Big Sky

Wastewater Treatment and Disposal May Be the Key to Sustainable Development in Big Sky

Big Sky Sustainable Water Solutions Forum stakeholders shared information on wastewater treatment and disposal in the Big Sky area on November 3rd, 2016.

Wastewater treatment and disposal will play a critical role as Big Sky develops. Kevin Germain, Lone Mountain Land Company’s Vice President of Planning and Development, tied infrastructure to building community, “to solve affordable housing needs, we need to solve water and wastewater needs”.

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Sharing the Water: Water Supply and Availability in the Big Sky Area

Sharing the Water: Water Supply and Availability in the Big Sky Area

In the second of three meetings focused on information sharing, Big Sky Sustainable Water Solutions Forum (BSSWS) stakeholders shared information about water supply and availability in the Big Sky area. Overall, water supply and storage are limited. This means that managing existing water supply is important for the future health of the Big Sky community, downstream users, fisheries, and the ecosystem.

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A Community Approach to Big Sky’s Water Future

A Community Approach to Big Sky’s Water Future

Healthy watersheds and clean and abundant water resources are a vital part of the Big Sky area, now and into the future. Big Sky is growing rapidly, with significant development projected in the next several years. In December 2015, the Gallatin River Task Force initiated an effort to gauge public interest in convening a community-based, collaborative watershed planning process in the Upper Gallatin Watershed. Beginning in January 2016, contacts were made with 32 watershed stakeholders representing community, business, and conservation interests as well as local, state, and federal government. Almost unanimously, there was strong interest voiced in participating in a community-based approach.

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