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The Greater Gallatin Watershed
Council (GGWC) will hold its third
annual Gallatin Stream Team minisymposium
on Wednesday, March
23, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Bozeman Public
Library.
Members of the Gallatin
Watershed are welcome.
Gallatin Stream Team members
participating in the GGWC’s volunteer
stream monitoring program,
residents of the Gallatin watershed,
scientists, representatives from the
Montana Department of Environmental
Quality (MT DEQ), Gallatin
Local Water Quality District, Montana
Watercourse, and other local and
state agencies will share information
and experiences from data collected
from four Bozeman Creek, Bridger
Creek, Mandeville Creek and Hyalite
since 2008.
Volunteers participating in the Gallatin
Stream Teams stream-monitoring
program, under the guidance of
experts, were
trained to collect
water samples
for three consecutive
months
beginning in
July 2010. A
goal of the
program was to
establish baseline
data in the
target streams
and to make the
collected data
available to the Montana Department
of Environmental Quality and to the
public. The program was successful,
and the MT DEQ is using the data.
Program support is provided by the
Gallatin Local Water Quality District,
Montana Watercourse, MT DEQ, the
Gallatin Conservation District, and
Montana Import
Group and is the
first step in addressing
challenges
to water quality in
the Gallatin watershed.
The GGWC and
the Gallatin Stream
Teams will continue
the volunteer water
quality monitoring
program in 2011.
Program goals are to continue to build
a foundation of data and knowledge.
Interested residents of the Gallatin
watershed can contact the GGWC to
volunteer with a Gallatin Stream Team.
Since 2004, the Greater Gallatin
Watershed Council has been working
to address water issues in the
Gallatin watershed. The GGWC
has collaborated with a wide spectrum
of partners to accomplish our
mission of promoting conservation
and enhancing our water resources
while supporting the traditions of
community, agriculture and recreation.
In addition, the GGWC
is working collaboratively with
regional watershed groups as a
member of the Missouri Headwaters
Partnership to address natural
resource issues in the headwaters to
the great Missouri River. GGWC
Board members are also active in
the leadership and activities of the
Montana Watershed Coordination
Council. greatergallatin.org.

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