Georgetown Lake Homeowners Association

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WHAT DOES THE GEORGETOWN LAKE HOME OWNER’S ASSOCIATION DO FOR OUR COMMUNITY?

 

  1. WaterWe are on a committee that advise Granite County on lake management.  We cosponsored and participated in a Clean Lake Study to assure our lake is healthy. It Is!

  2. Zoning: Homeowners at the lake wanted a “soft touch” zoning or development rules so we guided that process through meeting and hearings until that was achieved. ( 3 years). 

  3. Wildlife ManagementWe work closely with FWP and other groups to address wildlife issues in our area. This includes public presentations and promoting good management practices such as bear proof garbage cans. 

  4. Volunteer Fire Department: We support the Georgetown Lake Fire Department with equipment donations and funding for equipment for the Emergency Response Unit.

  5. Planning Board: We have had a member sit on the Granite County Planning Board to guide development at the lake.

  6. Meetings: GLHA holds two meetings at the lake every year to keep members informed of current issues. There are usually speakers from various agencies to inform us on topics of interest. 

  7. Watershed: GLHA has a representative sit on the Granite County Watershed Committee. This group is designed to preserve and protect the watershed including Georgetown Lake. They also promote maintaining our rural lifestyle. 

  8. Flow Gauges: GLHA also shares in the cost of maintaining a USGS flow gauge on Flint Creek. This measures the water coming out of Georgetown Lake on a real time basis. This enables us to monitor management of the reservoir by Granite County. 

  9. Membership: We welcome new members to help us with these endeavors. The cost of membership is $25. You can send a check to GLHA, PO Box 643 , Anaconda, Montana 59711. Include your address at the lake and for future mailings, email is appreciated also. 
     

 
 

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Services

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Georgetown Lake Volunteer Fire Department

The fire hall can now host your community events including meetings and weddings.  Please contact Fred to discuss your ideas as to how you might use the fire hall.

Fred Bjorklund, Fire Chief

406-560-3260

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Anaconda Sheriff Dept

Please call 911 if a crime is in progress, someone is hurt or threatened, a weapon has been used or is present, or for any other emergency situation.

If you have an emergency. please dial 911

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Phone: 911
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The Lake

GEORGETOWN LAKE UPDATE – June 1, 2022

Current Lake Elevation    6428.95    (PROVISIONAL DATA from USGS gage 12325000)
The water surface elevation is slightly above average for this time of year. 

Elevation and Inputs
Since April 30, 2022 the water surface has risen from 6428.74 to 6428.95 feet.   

The lake gained 655 acre feet of storage from April 30 to May 31.  Storage gains therefore average 10.6 cfs.  Since the lake is gaining over and above the average May outflow of 20.2 cfs, total lake inputs equal 30.8 cfs. The gain is higher than in April but outflows have also been increased for irrigation use. The inflows for March are only 46% of normal inflow for May. This is largely because of the cool weather and snow is still accumulating in the high elevations, the water is there it is just running off much slower.

The lake is ice free.

Precipitation
In April, the Peterson Meadows SNOTEL site received 6.0 inches of precipitation (which is 164% of normal), and the Warm Springs SNOTEL site gained 4.9 inches (about normal). Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) as of today sits at 128% at the Warm Springs SNOTEL. Peterson Meadows is still reporting 2.8 inches of SWE, normally the snow is melted this time of year at this location. These late season averages should be taken with a grain of salt because they reflect more of slow melt rather than the volume of snow in the mountains.

 

Climate Forecast
The CPC climate forecast (created May 19, 2022) shows lower-than-normal air temperatures and above average precipitation for June.  Warmer and drier than normal conditions are predicted to begin in July and August.  These forecasts are updated around the 20th of each month. 

The current Weather Service forecast from the Missoula forecast office shows lows in the 40’s and highs in the 60’s for the next 5 to 6 days. There is a considerable chance of rain each day as well. This rain will be helpful for lake levels and may even produce more snow at higher elevations.

Model Forecast
The water surface elevation sits at 6428.95 feet today, and I used an elevation of 6428.95 feet from the USGS gage for May 31. Based on the inputs calculated for May and the May 1 NRCS Water Supply Forecast for the USGS Flint Cr gage below the dam, I used a figure of 90% of normal in the model run (see next page). May inflows have been lower, but precipitation was above average. The May NRCS forecasts that predict flows from May to July across the Upper Clark Fork Basin range from 80 – 90% of normal. Keep in mind there is a range of uncertainty in these forecasts. I used a 90% inflow because snowmelt runoff has been delayed. Based on SNOTEL data, there is still considerable snowpack at high elevations and as soon as temperatures rise at those elevations that water will show up. There is a chance that a week of warm weather at high elevations could produce much higher inflows than 90% in June or July. This could require higher outflows to avoid excess water going over the spillway. For this model run, I set the outflows to just reach full pool with no water going over the spillway. There is only a chance of this happening in June and July. After July, outflows were set to meet requirements in the FERC license.
 

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Wildlife

Protecting Montana's Waters
John O'Bannon AIS Area Supervisor for Southwest Montana, with the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks AIS Bureau, Presented a slide show on protecting Montana's lakes, rivers and streams from invasive mussels, snails and fish at the August Georgetown Lake Homeowners Association meeting and BBQ.  

For more information please contact:
John O'Bannon
406.210.5054
john.o'bannon@mt.gov  
cleandraindrymt.com


To help stop the spread of invasive aquatic species:

1. Help spread the Clean, Drain, Dry message
2. Boats traveling on the Interstate should be inspected prior to launch
3. Aquarium dumping must be STOPPED! Aquariums fish and plants can cause serious damage to our lakes and streams.

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Help Protect Our Bears

BEAR PROOF GARBAGE CAN PROJECT

To order your own bear proof garbage can send an email to

KJOHNSTON@PEOPLEANDCARNIVORES.ORG

Kim Johnston 406-599-9424

COST $80.00  

FOR SPRING DELIVERY

Send payment with address information to:

People and Carnivores

P.O. Box 6733
Bozeman, MT 59771

Phone: (406) 587-3389
Fax: (406) 587-3178
info@peopleandcarnivores.org

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Montana Sport Fish Consumption Guidelines


What you need to know about Mercury, PCBs, and other contaminants when fishing in Montana. This guide provides information about how to enjoy healthy meals from wild fish caught in Montana. 

It provides specific scientific data about the water bodies which have been tested, plus more general information for areas that have not yet been tested.

  • For more information contact Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks

  • For information on collection and laboratory testing of fish from Montana waters, call MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks at 406-444-2449.

  • For information on the health risks of eating fish, call MT Health & Human Services 406-444-2837    or email: HHSFCS@mt.gov.

  • Or visit the MFWP website at www.fwp.mt.gov/fishing

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 Gallery
 

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Old Works Golf
Hiking
Winter Sport
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