SUCCESS! Lower Gallatin Watershed Restoration Plan Approved

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Lower Gallatin Watershed Outline2015 begins with exciting news for the watershed: the Lower Gallatin Watershed Restoration Plan has been officially accepted by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

This document identifies the community’s priorities for watershed health and enables interested landowners to implement stream restoration projects on their properties. Last year, residents of the Lower Gallatin Watershed told GGWC about why they value local streams, their concerns for water quality and stream health, and ideas for potential restoration projects. This community input serves as the basis for the Watershed Restoration Plan.

Now that the plan is approved by the DEQ, GGWC and other organizations in the Lower Gallatin Watershed are eligible to apply for 319 grant funding from the Environmental Protection Agency to implement water quality improvement projects throughout the watershed.

Click here to read the Lower Gallatin Watershed Restoration Plan

 

And the good news continues—GGWC has also been awarded it’s first 319 grant to implement two restoration projects in the Gallatin Watershed beginning this summer.

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At Story Mill Community Park in Bozeman, GGWC will partner with The Trust for Public Land to continue restoration efforts including reconnecting streams to historic floodplains to enhance water quality, expanding wetland habitat, and creating new public access along the East Gallatin River.

 

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The second project will be on private agricultural land along Camp Creek near Norris Road and will include riparian fencing, off-stream stock water, and stream bank revegetation. This is a partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

 

Restoration projects funded by the DEQ will aim to improve water quality on streams that do not meet state water quality standards. There are 15 streams in the Lower Gallatin Watershed that are impaired for nutrients, sediment, and/or E. coli. These streams include the East Gallatin River, Camp Creek, Bozeman Creek, Hyalite Creek, and Bridger Creek.

The Greater Gallatin Watershed Council will work with local partners and interested landowners to develop and implement more stream restoration projects in the coming years.

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