Water is essential for life. It is the only natural substance found on earth as gas, liquid and solid.

 
 
 
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Are you a Good Steward?

 
 

The Gallatin Valley is a headwaters community. Our water is finite and flows downstream via the Missouri River to millions of users. Each spring, mountain snowpack melts as runoff to feed creeks, rivers and groundwater. Water is diverted for use, evaporates and returns to the system as precipitation. The intricate balance in each of these steps defines and impacts our water future. We are all a part of caring for our water. We hope these resources promote good stewardship.

Where does our 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. This water is treated and, after use, it is treated once again at the Bozeman Water Reclamation Facility before being returned to the East Gallatin River. Current average daily water use by each person in Bozeman is 120 gallons per day.

How do we plan for our future water needs?
Drought and climate change greatly impact water supplies. City, county and state plans look at the big picture and depend on your involvement.

Water Best Practices

• Participate in water conservation rebate programs

• Garden using drought-resistant plants and grasses

• Run clothes and dishwashers only when full

• Take shorter showers

• Use a hose nozzle

• Fix leaks

 

Ways to Become Involved

• Join a city or county board or task force

• Attend public meetings on land and water planning

• Vote on natural-resource and land-use initiatives

• Listen to educational events and lectures

• Write your political representatives

• Volunteer at cleanup events

 
 
 

Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. 

-Norman Maclean

 
 
 
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River Health

 
 

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MONTANA CLIMATE ASSESSMENT

 

WATER USE AND CONSERVATION

Water Conservation in Your Home: City of Bozeman
Water Rights 101: State of Montana, DNRC Water Rights Bureau, County Planning and Zoning: Gallatin County
Water Quality and Public Health in Gallatin County: Healthy Gallatin
Protecting Local Water Quality: Gallatin Local Water Quality District
Watershed Education and Action: Greater Gallatin Watershed Council, Gallatin River Task Force
Stream Permitting and Grants: Gallatin Conservation District
Problem Solving and Fact Sheets: Montana State University Extension
Statewide Collaboration: Montana Watershed Coordination Council
Montana State Water Plan: Montana DNRC
Fish Species and Permits: Montana Fish and Wildlife Parks Region 3
Federal Water Research and Monitoring: U.S. Geological Survey

 

AGRICULTURE

 

WETLANDS

Write hereSupport for Agricultural Water Users: Association of Gallatin Agriucultural Irrigators
Local Produce in Schools: Gallatin Valley Farm to School
Ag Facts: Montana Department of Agriculture
Support for Grain Growers: Montana Grain Growers Association
Support for Livestock Producers: Montana Stock Growers Association
Federal Support and Information for Producers: Montana United States of Agriculture...

 

‘What Is A Wetland?’ video: Montana State University Extension
Landowners Guide to Montana Wetlands: Montana Water Course
Wetlands Grants and Publications: Montana Wetlands Council
Wetlands Field Guides and Maps: Montana Natural Herritage Program

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