Mountain Time Arts seeks to educate the public about water in the Gallatin Valley through art and science.
There are many themes around water that inspire the WaterWorks art installations this summer. These themes were determined by asking many “water people” in the Gallatin Watershed – planners, ranchers, water quality specialists, and scientists – about ways in which water is important to all who live here and to the environment. These themes also inform the artistic interpretations you can take in over the summer. Each artist worked with a local scientist who specializes on a particular topic. Watch this page for added links to information on these themes!
Main Street and Bozeman Creek in June
1. Water has many beautiful and essential forms (solid, liquid, gas) in our changing seasons. What’s in a drop of water, what’s its water quality and how we can conserve it?
2. Where does our drinking water come from and where does it go? Think about how we capture, deliver and treat water in municipal systems and private wells.
Located on a wetland along the East Gallatin in July
3. Aquatic habitats provide important homes for amazing plants, animals, birds and fishes. Wetlands in particular, are diverse and rich and have many functions (like storing water during flood events, filtering and cleaning water, proving home to diverse species, and aesthetics). Remember the role of beavers in creating wetlands and native traditions in these places.
4. The economic value of instream flow and open space is a vital consideration in a region undergoing rapid development
On a historic irrigated ranch on the West Gallatin in August
5. Groundwater/surface water interactions are in constant play in our valley. The timing of return flow (water that is used on the land and eventually returned to the system) is key to our system of water rights and water availability for other uses.
6. Farming and ranching traditions are part of our heritage in the Gallatin Valley and are key to the protection of open spaces and our rural landscape.
UPSTREAM WATER THEMES AND RELATED INFORMATION FOR YOU!
• What is water and how does it flow? Water is the only natural substance found on Earth as gas, liquid and solid. With each of its molecules containing two atoms of hydrogen and one of oxygen, water is tasteless, odorless, and essential for life. Throughout the seasons in our watershed, water is connected. Mountain snowpack melts as runoff to feed rivers and groundwater. It evaporates, is diverted for use, and returns to the system as precipitation. The intricate balance in each of these steps defines and impacts our water future.
• Where does your water come from and where does it go? 85% of Bozeman’s water comes from snowmelt that feeds Bozeman (Sourdough) and Hyalite (Middle) Creeks. The remaining 15% comes from a spring at Lyman Creek in the southwest Bridger Mountains. It is treated and, after use, it is treated at the Bozeman Water Reclamation Facility before returned to the East Gallatin River. Current average daily water use by each person in Bozeman is 120 gallons per day.
UPSTREAM’S Best Practices
• Participate in water conservation rebate programs
• Run clothes and dishwashers only when they are full
• Take shorter showers
• Use a hose nozzle
• Garden using drought-resistant plants and grasses
• Fix leaks!
• City of Bozeman http://www.bozeman.net/government/water-conservation
• Gallatin County http://gallatincomt.virtualtownhall.net/public_documents/gallatincomt_plandept/Plans&Policies/PublicInfrastructureAndServices.pdf
• Gallatin Local Water Quality District https://glwqd.org
• Greater Gallatin Watershed Council eatergallatin.org
• Gallatin River Task Force http://www.gallatinrivertaskforce.org
• Gallatin Conservation District http://www.gallatincd.org
• Montana State University Extension https://www.msuextension.org
• Montana Watershed Coordination Council www.mtwatersheds.org/
• U.S. Geological Survey https://water.usgs.gov/edu/mwater.html
Ways to Get Involved
• Join a city or country board or task force
• Attend local government public meetings on land and water planning
• Cast your votes on natural-resource and land-use initiatives
• Listen in at educational events and lectures
• Write letters to your political representatives
• Attend annual meetings of groups listed above
• Volunteer at cleanup events
• So much more!