OUR WORK

GGWC provides coordination, collaboration, education, research, technical assistance, and administrative support for community projects throughout the watershed. Our ongoing projects include collecting water quality data with our Stream Teams, hosting an annual Fall Tour to demonstrate local issues and restoration projects, participating in area events to provide education to all ages, and holding forums to discuss water quality and stream health throughout the watershed.

Conservation & Restoration

Currently, GGWC is in the process of creating a Watershed Restoration Plan for the lower Gallatin Watershed. This plan will outline stream health concerns and provide a basis for implementing restoration projects. In January and February 2014, the Council held a series of community meetings and an online survey to gather input about stream values and concerns and ideas for restoration projects from those who live and work in the lower Gallatin watershed.

In addition, GGWC is the local contact for the State’s water quality assessment and restoration planning. In 2013, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) assessed the health of the Gallatin watershed, incorporating data collected by GGWC Stream Teams. The Water Quality Improvement Plan (under the DEQ’s TMDL program) identified 15 streams and stream sections in the watershed that do not meet Montana water quality standards to support uses such as drinking water, recreation, agricultural use, and aquatic life. Many of the streams on this list will be addressed in GGWC’s Watershed Restoration Plan.

Stream Monitoring

The Stream Teams are a volunteer water quality monitoring program that has been monitoring four local streams per year since 2008. The data collected by Stream Teams is being used to make policy and funding decisions at the state level and to help GGWC and partners identify watershed needs and restoration priorities.

Click here to view a brochure about Bozeman Creek water quality using data collected by Stream Teams and the Gallatin Local Water Quality District. Click here for a Powerpoint presenting this data from Bozeman, Mandeville, Catron, and Matthew Bird Creeks.

Stream Team volunteers learn about their creeks and streams while providing valuable support and information to GGWC. For more information or to volunteer, see our Stream Teams page.

Education, Outreach & Community Dialogue

GGWC is respected in the community for our role in creating forums for broad and enlightening discussion of watershed issues and trends. Our Annual Meeting each January is a forum for bringing together individuals from across the lower Gallatin to hear and discuss a presentation on the state of the watershed. The Fall Tour, held every October, allows participants to see many aspects of the watershed and learn about concerns and projects.

GGWC also collaborates with other organizations to host projects and events, such as:

  • Storm Drain Stenciling with local teenagers through Big Sky Youth Empowerment to increase awareness about stormwater runoff in Bozeman
  • Classroom education at elementary schools with Montana Watercourse
  • City of Bozeman Clean-Up Day and Sustainability Fair
  • Watershed Festival at the Montana Outdoor Science School
  • Farm Fair education for 4th graders with the Gallatin Valley Agricultural Committee
  • Installation of rain gardens at Bozeman City Hall and area schools.
Watershed Partners

In addition to the work GGWC is doing directly, other groups are working within the Gallatin watershed to protect and restore our water resources: