Georgetown Lake Home Owners Association
WHAT DOES THE GEORGETOWN LAKE HOME OWNER’S ASSOCIATION DO FOR OUR COMMUNITY?
Water: We 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!
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).
Wildlife Management: We 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.
Volunteer Fire Department: We support the Georgetown Lake Fire Department with equipment donations and funding for equipment for the Emergency Response Unit.
Planning Board: We have had a member sit on the Granite County Planning Board to guide development at the lake.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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)
Updated March 8, 2021
GEORGETOWN LAKE UPDATE
Current Lake Elevation 6428.62 (PROVISIONAL DATA from USGS gage 12325000)
The water surface elevation was 6428.65 feet on February 28, and has dropped only slightly over the past week. Current outflow is about 25 cfs, although the USGS gage is not online again until next month.
Precipitation and Snowpack
So far this water year, precipitation at Peterson Meadows is right at 107% of normal, and at Warm Springs SNOTEL it’s at 101% of normal. Current snow water equivalent (SWE) for the two sites is 109% and 127% of normal, respectively. Weighted average puts current SWE at about 121% of normal in the upper watershed. Median snowpack peak date is April 25 for Peterson Meadows, and May 7 at the Warm Springs SNOTEL, so hopefully we have 2 more months of snow accumulation.
The latest CPC climate forecast (February 18) is for near-normal air temperatures and basically normal precipitation for March in Western Montana. After that, things trend towards warmer and drier for the summer. The CPC forecast should be updated around March 20.
The current Weather Service forecast from Missoula indicates a good chance of snow today through Wednesday at the lake, and then staying seasonably cool.
Recent lake inputs (precipitation, groundwater) have averaged very close to the long term normal of 23 to 24 cfs. The snowpack looks good right now, and the NRCS Water Supply Outlook was just published last week. The latest best estimate water volume forecast for Flint Creek near Southern Cross is 112% of normal at the 50% chance of exceedance, and 88% of normal at the 70% chance of exceedance; so slightly above normal.
I ran two model scenarios: using 112% of normal lake inputs, and the existing dam tender-estimated current outflow of 25 cfs; using 88% of normal inputs. Recall that any projected flow volume above about 70% of normal is usually adequate for the summer season. At 112% of normal, the first scenario shows an abundance of water, with reservoir management options. The second scenario, at 88% of normal, also shows adequate water in the system, but with less management flexibility and reduced outflows later in the summer.
The current hydrologic status of the upper Flint Creek watershed is excellent. Snowpack is good and the lake is at a good level. With warmer weather, folks sometimes forget that winter isn’t usually over until late April or early May and hopefully that will be the case this year. The CPC climate forecast does not look encouraging at this time, with warmer and drier being forecast for the coming summer. Over the next few months, I will monitor all conditions and issue monthly, and sometimes bi-weekly, updates for Georgetown Lake.
Kim Johnson from People and Carnivores (www.peopleandcarnivors.org) presented at the GTL HOA meeting.
Bears, wolves, and cougars naturally roam from their core habitat areas in search of food, security, and mates. But the surrounding landscapes they must pass through are not protected and consist of small cities, towns, and rural communities, where human development is increasing, and where attractants are plentiful. Attractants bring carnivores into conflict with people or their property. Livestock, garbage, pet food, crops, and other human food sources all attract large carnivores and pose a potential risk to both wildlife and people.
Bear Safe Residence Checklist
All animal food is stored in bear safe containers or indoors
Dog and Cat Food
Bird Feeders Only Out from Mid-November to April 1st
Grills are Cleaned and Stored Indoors
Cars are Odor-Free
No Litter Around the Premises
Garbage Stored in Bear Proof Containers or Inside Until Morning of Pickup
Clean Up All Animal Waste
Coolers Secured Indoors (Even When Drying Out)
Outdoor Gardens and Chicken Coops Have Electric Fencing
Compost Piles have Electric Fencing
Keep Odorous outdoor Recreation items Indoors
BEAR PROOF GARBAGE CAN PROJECT
To order your own bear proof garbage can send an email to
Kim Johnston 406-599-9424
FOR SPRING 2020 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