The Voice of the River
The upper Gallatin River is famous for its easy access. From the Yellowstone National Park boundary to the mouth of Gallatin Canyon, anglers, rafters, and kayakers enjoy almost 40 miles of public waterway and riverbank—but this convenience is not without consequence....
Since 2000, the Gallatin River Task Force has monitored water quality in the upper Gallatin watershed. Staffers and volunteers have routinely sampled several locations throughout the watershed to determine how land-use practices impact our streams, creeks, and rivers....
As temps warm, we’re all raring to get back outside and stay there, passing the time along our riverbanks, trails, ridgelines, and shorelines. In the Upper Gallatin watershed, we enjoy nearly unencumbered access to outdoor recreation, but with that access comes...
When I set out to write this article about landscaping, native wildflowers, and summer irrigation, it was dumping snow and below freezing. Now, it's 65 and sunny. Ahhhhhh, spring in Montana. The calendar might say one thing, but Mother Nature always has her own plans....
Recently, I stopped along the Gallatin to enjoy a peaceful moment at the river’s edge. Pulling into the access site adjacent to the Hwy. 191 stoplight, I expected an idyllic scene of slow-moving, crystal clear water. What I got was the opposite. Originating from...
Big Sky has a poop problem. Rapid growth and decentralized infrastructure have led to three streams flowing through our community below state standards for water quality. Higher-than-ideal levels of certain nutrients qualify the streams as impaired, and these...
Recently, winter stormed back onto the southwest Montana landscape. A March 24 storm left almost a foot of snow on the slopes high above Big Sky, with a few inches dusting the meadows and canyons closer to the Gallatin River. On the morning of March 25, our...
Dear Friends, The past week has been a trying one for all of us here in Big Sky, and indeed across the globe. From closures and cancellations to social distancing and self quarantine, we've been challenged in ways we never thought possible only a few days ago. Here at...
As if we needed another reason to stop eating bacon cheeseburgers, it turns out that greasy foods are clogging more than just our arteries. According to the Big Sky Water and Sewer District, fats, oils and greases, or FOGs, are also clogging Big Sky’s sewer system,...
Though Big Sky’s full-time population is rapidly growing, this is still a tourist town. As such, there are a variety of inns, lodges, hotels and motels, all catering to visitors itching to enjoy southwest Montana’s natural beauty. While AirBnB-style rentals are...
The Task Force gets a license plate. While news is breaking of organizations across Montana losing their license-plate programs, we're happy to report that our design has been finalized and that the Friend of the Gallatin plate is now available at MVD offices across...
So far, this season has been a mild one. While the Natural Resources Conservation Service is reporting a Gallatin watershed snowpack that’s 121 percent of normal, it didn't feel much like winter until the last week of storms. Even with snowfall, temps have remained...
The mad dash of the holidays is behind us and winter has settled in across the upper Gallatin watershed. Finally, we’ve had some time to reflect on a busy 2019. At the Gallatin River Task Force, it was a year of change, growth, and progress, and that transition has...
On January 7th, the Resort Tax board approved Big Sky Sewer and Water District’s 1% for Infrastructure application. Now, residents will vote in May to approve the additional tax, with revenues helping pay for a portion of a new, upgraded wastewater treatment plant and...
In a salt-based system, healthy calcium and magnesium are replaced by equal parts of sodium, and the significant volume of water used in this process is flushed down the drain.
Technology is ubiquitous in our 21st-century lives. It permeates our socializing, our shopping, our banking and even our driving. Why not use it to maximize our water conservation? That’s exactly what the Big Sky Water and Sewer District is doing with the...
Groundwater study to impact water management. BY Kristin Gardner, Executive Director Groundwater quality and quantity is threatened by the proliferation of septic systems and individual wells in the Upper Gallatin Canyon. This could lead to the degradation of...
As 2019 comes to a close, we have a lot of good news to share. Our position as conservation leaders and stewards of the Gallatin River is having a measurable impact, and as that impact grows, so too does our need to empower that capacity. Since Labor Day, we've added...
Over the past year, sustainability initiatives have been gaining momentum across Big Sky. After recently participating in a two-day workshop on sustainable tourism and the inaugural meeting of the Big Sky Sustainability Committee, I have been ruminating on water sustainability in Big Sky.
This fall has turned out snowier than average, but it also came with several days of temperature highs over 70 degrees Fahrenheit in Mountain Village. Overall, October had a mean temperature of 34 degrees, 10 degrees cooler than the 44-degree average.
The Gallatin River Task Force and Gallatin Watershed Council have teamed up to host the first collaborative Gallatin River Cleanup. Join us on August 29th to pick up trash from the headwaters to the valley.
The Gallatin River Festival, held on June 29th and 30th, celebrated all that our watershed has to offer and brought in nearly $150,000 to support conservation and stewardship, as well as an additional $60,000 to complete the Gallatin River Forever campaign. A record number of river-lovers flocked to the rebranded, three-day event to enjoy food, music, spirits, and children’s activities at the outdoor fair on Saturday and bid big at the casually classy banquet on Sunday.
We need you to call the Montana delegation to voice your support for clean, free-flowing rivers. The draft Montana Headwaters Security Act would designate new Wild and Scenic rivers to ensure the highest form of protection for Montana’s most crucial rivers on public lands. Currently, less than half of one percent of the rivers in Montana are permanently protected as Wild and Scenic. However, the Montana Headwaters Security Act proposes to designate 37 new Wild and Scenic Rivers and streams in the state.
Each lawn and landscape in Big Sky is part of the Gallatin Watershed. Every drop of water not used by vegetation on these yards and landscapes will eventually make its way to nearby creeks and into the Gallatin River. As our community continues to see growth in both tourism and development, our waters are faced with more potential sources of pollution and less water for fish. Conservation landscaping practices help reduce negative impacts on the Gallatin River and its healthy trout populations.
Here are a few guidelines for a Trout Friendly lawn and landscape.
Big Sky Shuttle (BSS) owner Tracie Pabst donated $4,000 to the Gallatin River Task Force through the “Save the Canyon…Ride the Coach” campaign. The umbrella campaign, “Buck a Sale for Big Sky”, encourages businesses in Big Sky to support their favorite local non-profits. BSS collected money for the Task Force by donating one dollar for every luxury airport shuttle seat booked during the 2019 winter season.
The rebranded Gallatin River Festival will make a splash in Big Sky from June 28th to 30th, 2019 to promote conservation and stewardship of the Gallatin River watershed.
Hailing from the banks of the Hudson River in upstate New York, Isabella Vendramin believes that rivers are vital to both the ecosystems and the communities they run through. A rising senior studying Environmental Science at Colgate University, Vendramin offers a background in sustainability and hopes to gain experience with community-based conservation work through her internship. She is excited to garner support to permanently protect the Gallatin, and other rivers in Montana, through the Wild and Scenic rivers system and to assist with extensive watershed monitoring.
The roughly 84 million doggie denizens living in the US produce an estimated 11.6 million tons of poop every year. That’s enough doo to fill nearly 300,000 eighteen-wheelers parked bumper-to-bumper from New York City to Los Angeles, according to DoodyCalls, a franchise that specializes in pet waste removal. All that crap poses a threat when dog owners don’t pick up after their pets, leaving poop to be carried by runoff to rivers and streams.
The Gallatin River Task Force adopted a new mission after a full-day retreat on March 4th at Lone Mountain Ranch.
The Gallatin River Forever capital campaign has generated just over 1.1 million dollar to date including campaign costs, announced the Gallatin River Task Force.
The Gallatin River Forever public phase was launched in June 2018 with leading support coming from Madison County, Yellowstone Club, and Eric & Wendy Schmidt, as well as tremendous support from hundreds of local community members, businesses and foundations. The campaign is set to raise over 1.2 million dollars to conserve and protect the Gallatin River watershed by June 30th, 2019.
The Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) will make a splash in Big Sky on Wednesday, March 20th at the Lone Peak Cinema with two showings at 5 and 8 PM. The 2019 tour showcases ten fly fishing films from around the world.
It’s no secret that Big Sky’s native landscapes are beautiful. However, our community’s current landscaping practices don’t tend to match what we see on trails and open spaces. Plants and lawns with high water requirements move us further from the drought-tolerant, cold-hardy, and fire-wise native species that thrive in our area.
Launched publicly in June 2018 to fund river restoration projects, education, and organizational sustainability, the Gallatin River Forever Capital Campaign is approaching its 1.2 million dollar goal with just under 20% remaining as of February 1st. The campaign committee consists of fantastic individuals from across the spectrum of the Big Sky community and the campaign would not have been a success without them.
The Gallatin River Task Force has welcomed three new faces to the office in recent months. Brandy Moses Straub, Ryan Newcomb, and Valerie Bednarski bring diverse experiences and perspectives to our small, but dedicated team. We invite you to learn more about our river’s new stewards.
In 2018, the Gallatin River Task Force issued 24 rebates to 19 participants who upgraded a total of 46 indoor and outdoor products through Big Sky Water Conservation. In total, participants have saved enough water this year to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool.
At the Gallatin River Task Force, we feel that this past year was filled with phenomenal growth. We partnered with the Custer Gallatin National Forest to complete our first large-scale restoration project in Gallatin Canyon, hired two staff members, and recruited volunteer talent to our board of directors. In case you missed the action, we present the top ten stories from 2018, according to Google Analytics. Thank you for your connection to the Task Force!
We announced the public launch of our Gallatin River Forever Capital Campaign in June of this year to raise $1.2 million dollars in order to: monitor, repair, and improve the Gallatin River and its tributaries to ensure the long-term health of the watershed. Would you consider supporting our work this holiday season, to help us end 2018 in as strong of a position as possible? Together, we can ensure the Gallatin River Forever.
This year, 150 volunteers donated over 1,000 hours to the Gallatin River Task Force, which represents a $24,250 in-kind contribution to the organization.
Task Force Board Chair, Rick Donaldson, Hopes to Pass on a Healthy Gallatin River to His Granddaughter
Every morning, Rick Donaldson, chair of the Gallatin River Task Force board, wakes up on the banks of the Gallatin River feeling lucky.
Ryan Newcomb stepped into his role as the first full-time Development Director for the Gallatin River Task Force on November 15th. The new position was supported through a capital campaign contribution made possible by a public-private partnership between the Yellowstone Club and Madison County.
Meet Didymosphenia geminata (didymo). Didymo has been spotted growing in the Gallatin River and its tributaries. Didymo, or rock snot, is a single-celled alga that is native to Montana but has recently made headlines for causing river-choking mats.
As part of Big Sky Shuttles’ SAVE THE CANYON…RIDE THE COACH campaign, Tracie Pabst, owner of BSS, will donate $1 from every luxury airport shuttle seat booked during the 2019 winter season to the Gallatin River Task Force.
After noticing invasive species growing at Crail Ranch, Jen Mohler, Gallatin Invasive Species Alliance, brought together a team of nonprofits to build a native plant garden. The garden will educate visitors about native plants, invasive species, Water Wise principles, efficient irrigation, and so much more. The Task Force, in partnership with the Gallatin Invasive Species Alliance and Big Sky Community Organization, is working with the Big Sky Water and Sewer District and local nurseries to support this large landscaping project.
Nitrogen levels measured in the West Fork of the Gallatin River during summer 2018 were some of the highest ever recorded, which may have contributed to increased algae in the Gallatin River, according to the Gallatin River Task Force.
The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act turned 50 this month! The act created the first national system to permanently protect free-flowing rivers. To celebrate, here are ten things you may (or may not know) about Wild and Scenic Rivers.
Almost ninety volunteers crowded the Big Sky Community Park to pick up trash on a rainy day. Young and old, alone and in groups, these dedicated river lovers arrived to do something special…to leave our river cleaner than they found it.
“We were simply blown away by our community,” remarked Task Force Executive Director, Kristin Gardner. “Together, we removed about half a ton of trash from the Gallatin River and streams in the Big Sky area”.
The 2018 algae bloom was the talk of the town this summer. While we wait for our results and analysis, we wanted to answer some of the questions that we’ve heard around town. We developed a webpage with answers to 21 common questions about algae and water quality.
You have the power to protect the Gallatin River, now and forever.
The Gallatin River Task Force board, staff, and campaign committee are excited to announce the public phase of the Gallatin River Forever Campaign. Our goal is to raise $1.2 million for river conservation and improved access projects, education and outreach opportunities with our community, organizational stability, and water quality monitoring.
The Gallatin River Task Force will host the seventh annual Upper Gallatin River Cleanup on August 30th at 2 PM. Volunteers will pick up trash from the banks of the Gallatin River between the Yellowstone National Park boundary and the mouth of Gallatin Canyon, as well as cleaning up streams in the Big Sky area. Last year, over one hundred volunteers removed 1,000 pounds of trash from the watershed.
Meet Andrea McElwain. Andrea is the first Gallatin River Ranger to work for the Custer Gallatin National Forest. This summer, her focus is to improve river access and user experience along the Gallatin. We sat down with Andrea the other day to learn a little bit more about her and what she’s been up to this summer.
Mary Pat and Jim Harris, owners of Bozeman Spirits Distillery, are big supporters of the Gallatin River: they are both a Friend of the Gallatin Bronze Business member and a Gallatin River Fly Fishing Festival partner.
The Gallatin River Task Force will be performing a river use study during the summer of 2018 that will allow for recreation users to provide feedback about how they view the Gallatin and where enhancements could be made on the river to improve access and river health through online and in-person surveys. The study is the result of a partnership between the Gallatin River Task Force, Montana State University, and the Custer Gallatin National Forest.
After a watershed year in 2017, the Gallatin River Fly Fishing Festival returns to Big Sky from June 28th to 30th, 2018. The Fly Fishing festival features three action-packed days that celebrate fly fishing and conservation, including a Montana-made spirits garden and music by the Last Revel. Last year, the festival invested $33,000 in a healthy Gallatin River for future generations.
The Gallatin River Task Force and YES for Responsible Mining will host a training for volunteers who are interested in gathering signatures to support the petition for I-186 on Thursday, May 31st from 4 to 5 PM at the Big Sky Water and Sewer District conference room. The training will consist of two parts and is mandatory for anyone interested in gathering signatures for I-186. Volunteers must be 18 years or older, a Montana resident, and registered to vote in Montana. For more information or to express interest, contact [email protected], call (406) 993 – 2519, or visit yeson186.org.
Help the Gallatin River Task Force and the Custer Gallatin National Forest preserve the Gallatin River for generations to come. Join us for a volunteer project on Monday, May 21st at 9:30 AM to install fencing around streamside vegetation planted at Moose Creek Flat. This opportunity is part of a long-term effort to improve river health and public safety in Gallatin Canyon.
The Gallatin River Task Force said farewell to three familiar faces on our board of directors and welcomed five new members to the team this winter. Ron Bowlin, San Goveia, and Nancy Sheil contributed years of service to the Task Force. With their guidance, the Task Force grew from a single, part-time coordinator to a small organization with multiple employees. We will miss their insight, humor, and talent, but are excited to welcome Rob McRae, Michael Jacquard, JeNelle Johnson, Bill Collins, and Ennion Williams aboard.
True to our mission, the Gallatin River Task Force made great progress in 2017 on the promise to be diligent when it comes to the health of the Upper Gallatin River and its tributaries.
Do you rely on a domestic well for your drinking water supply? If so, have you ever tested your water quality? As a well owner, it is up to you to test your drinking water to ensure it is safe for you and your family. It is estimated that only 10% or less of households in Gallatin County that drink water from individual domestic wells have ever tested their water quality. Unlike public water systems, no one regularly tests your well water for you and it is your responsibility, just like getting an oil change in your car, or rotating your tires.
Last month, I was invited to join Montanans for Healthy Rivers on a trip to Washington D.C. The purpose of this trip was to meet with the Montana delegation to understand the next steps for passage of the East Rosebud Wild and Scenic bill (S. 501 and H.R. 4645) and to discuss the overwhelming support from Montanas for a broader Wild and Scenic bill that would include the Upper Gallatin River, Porcupine Creek, and the Taylor Fork. Montanans for Healthy Rivers is a coalition of families, business owners, sportsmen, farmers, ranchers, agency officials, land trusts, and conservation organizations working together to conserve free-flowing rivers in Montana for future generations.
The Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) will make a splash in Big Sky on Wednesday, March 21st at the Lone Peak Cinema with two showings at 5 and 8 PM. The 2018 tour showcases nine fly fishing films from around the world.
Don’t miss “Of Wilderness and Resorts: 150 Years of Change in Gallatin Canyon and Big Sky” on March 16th at 6:00 PM at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center. Join us to engage in the intersection of past and present and explore the region’s evolution from ranches…to resorts…to a tourism economy.
Echoing Montana’s “Best in the West” snowpack, Big Sky sits at 142% above average, putting drought and wildfires of last summer to the back of our minds. When things are going well, why should we think about future hazards? We aren’t experiencing a drought now, so why should we plan for it?
Realtor Continuing Education Course Focused on Land and Water Conservation Returns to Big Sky on March 9th, 2018
The Gallatin River Task Force will team up with the Gallatin Association of Realtors to host “Conserving Land and Protecting Water”, a four-credit continuing education course for REALTORS®, on March 9th, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Buck’s T-4 in Big Sky.
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.
Big Sky Sustainable Water Solutions Forum Brings Recommendations and Plan for Sustaining Water Resources to the Community
The Big Sky Sustainable Water Solutions Forum (Water Forum) is hosting a community town hall meeting to share its recommendations for sustaining water resources in the Big Sky area. The meeting will be held on January 31, 2018, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the Big Sky Chapel.
The Volunteer Task Force is a diverse group of river lovers dedicated to making a measurable difference in the health of the Gallatin River. In 2017, 156 individuals donated over 1,000 hours to monitor water quality, implement the Gallatin River Fly Fishing Festival, and build a sustainable organization.
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.
In November, the Task Force welcomed not only the approaching holiday and ski season but also a new Water Conservation Program Coordinator. Emily Casey, our 2016 & 2017 Big Sky Watershed Corps Member transitioned to a new role as a full-time employee to help inspire a water conservation ethic across the community through two main projects: a water conservation rebate program and drought resilience planning.
Work to stabilize streambanks and improve river access began at Moose Creek Flat recreation area in October 2017. The first phase of the Moose Creek restoration project, including the boat ramp, kayak launch, trails, and streambanks restoration, was completed in Fall 2017. Additional streambank restoration and fencing will be completed in Spring 2018.
When I tell people that I run a youth fly fishing camp they assume that I’m a trout slayer, and I let them. But the truth is, before moving to Montana three years ago, I had fished once with spin tackle. I was six and I got a bloody nose. I assumed that was the end of my fishing career.
The Big Sky Sustainable Water Solutions Forum (Water Forum) is finalizing its recommendations for action and a watershed stewardship plan to address water resources across watersheds and communities within the Big Sky area.
“If the water is not clear, nobody will want to play, raft, or fish the river…If nobody wants to play in the river, the economy will go down…because a lot of our money comes from sports in the river,” a fourth-grade student stated during a mock engineering summit at Ophir Elementary School. The Solutions Matter Summit was the culmination of a six-week unit of inquiry by the fourth-grade class exploring local and global environmental change.
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.
Work to stabilize streambanks and improve river access has begun at Moose Creek Flat day use area. Restoration work at Moose Creek is the first of many projects lead by the Gallatin River Task Force and the Custer Gallatin National Forest that will enhance access and safety for river users and restore riparian habitat along the Gallatin corridor.
Award-winning author Tim Palmer will speak about the wild and scenic rivers system at 7 PM on Thursday, October 12th at Lone Peak Brewery. The talk will feature rivers protected under the system and highlight key people who have championed the program.
Ron Bowlin retired from the Gallatin River Task Force board of directors at a board meeting on Tuesday, August 29th, 2017. Ron, a career Navy-man, served on the Task Force board of director for almost four years. At the same meeting, Rick Donaldson was named Gallatin River Task Force Board Chair.
Over one hundred volunteers removed 1,060 pounds of trash from rivers and streams in the Big Sky area during the 2017 Upper Gallatin River Cleanup on Thursday, August 31st. New partners and a dedicated group of cleanup leaders tripled attendance from 35 volunteers the previous year to 111 volunteers in 2017.
Heads up to all pond owners in Big Sky – keep an eye out for Yellowflag iris! For the first time ever, The Gallatin-Big Sky Weed Committee has identified this invasive plant among cattails in a private pond in the Beaver Creek area.
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.
Half to three quarters of the human body is composed of water. We couldn’t live without water, flowing in and around us.
The Environmental Protection Agency designated August as National Water Quality Month to celebrate clean water. Here are five ways to protect healthy rivers:
The Big Sky Sustainable Water Solutions Forum has a vision for Big Sky to be a model mountain community for water resource management. Successfully achieving this vision will require strong community engagement. Participate in holistic watershed planning in Big Sky by taking our short survey.
We invite you to join the Gallatin River Task Force for the Annual Upper Gallatin River Clean Up on Thursday, August 31st, 2017 at 2 PM.
According to the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) website, “High water temperatures and low stream flows prompted Montana FWP to implement hoot owl restrictions on several rivers in Southwest Montana on July 19th until conditions improve.”
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.
Did you know that Big Sky water use triples in the summer? Irrigating outdoor landscapes, including lawns and gardens, causes the exponential increase in use. Here are 10 tips for a water-wise landscape.
Thank you again for making 2017 the most successful Fly Fishing Festival yet! We grossed over $56,000, which blows past events out of the water.
The busy summer field season has barely begun, and our work to protect clean water is far from over. Here are three ways to get involved this summer.
The Great Gallatin Guide-Off pairs master fly fishing guides with people who want to have a good time, catch fish, and support a healthy Gallatin River for future generations! Win your favorite guide by bidding for him or her online. The winning bidder will fish with a winning guide on Saturday, July 1st.
The Outdoor Fair presented by the RMR Group will make a splash in the Big Sky Town Center Park on Saturday, July 1st featuring the annual guide competition, a multi-sport race, and energetic bluegrass music by Low Water String Band.
Did you know that water use in Big Sky triples to 300 gallons per day during the summer months? Irrigating outdoor landscapes, including lawns and gardens, causes the exponential increase in use.
The Gallatin River Task Force buttoned up a large-scale streambank restoration project on the West Fork of the Gallatin River as if flows through the Big Sky Resort Golf Course in May 2017. The project, which broke ground in October 2016, addresses elevated nutrient and fine sediment levels in the West Fork.
The sixth annual Gallatin River Fly Fishing Festival will land in Big Sky on June 30th to July 2nd, 2017.
“We are really excited to grow the Fly Fishing Festival into a community-wide celebration of rivers and conservation,” said Kristin Gardner, Executive Director of the Gallatin River Task Force. “Thanks to new events and a great band, the 2017 Festival will be bigger and better than ever!”
Thank you to the forty donors who raised $8,735 to support a healthy Gallatin River for future generations on May 4th and 5th, 2017 during Give Big Gallatin Valley. The Gallatin River Task Force was the 21st of 168 nonprofit raising funds in Gallatin County.
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.
How would you prioritize drought risks like fire, fishing bans, and early resort closures in Big Sky? Join the discussion at our next Upper Gallatin Drought/Water Supply Focus Group meeting on May 24th.
In March, we predicted an early runoff, and below average peak flows, but now we’re not sure what to expect. What do you think peak flow in the Gallatin will be in 2017? When will the Gallatin peak? We’ll announce the best guess on our Facebook page.
On March 30, the Big Sky Sustainable Water Solutions Forum (Water Forum) finalized its community goals for water resources. This is the first time a diverse, community-based effort has identified desired outcomes for the area. The goals expressed represent an umbrella of the priorities for water resources management.
On March 22, 2017 at the premier of the F3T Fly Fishing Film Tour in Big Sky, Camille Egdorf, fly fishing guide for Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, selected the recipient of a custom RO Drift Boat. Diane Bartzick was the lucky winner!
The Gallatin River Task Force and volunteers will be harvesting willows for the West Fork Restoration Project on Wednesday, 4/12 at 1 PM. This volunteer project will include light manual labor (lopping stakes, pruning willows, and bundling them into groups of 20), snacks, and fun!
The Gallatin River Task Force began collecting routine water quality data in the Upper Gallatin River Watershed in 2000. This data is used to assess and track the long-term health of rivers and streams, plan for restoration projects, and identify and monitor unforeseen events. The 2016 Upper Gallatin River Watershed Water Quality Report outlines data trends observed between 2000 and 2016 and summarizes data collected after the wastewater effluent spill at the Yellowstone Club in March 2016.