Georgetown Lake Home Owners Association
The Georgetown Lake Homeowners Association Meeting has been postponed indefinitely
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 11, 2020
Current Lake Elevation 6428.84 (March 11) (PROVISIONAL DATA from USGS gage 12325000)
The water surface elevation is a bit above the long-term norm of 6428.65 feet and is dropping, since outflow was increased to about 36 cfs in mid-February. Reservoir outflow had been around 14 cfs, which is close to the long-term norm of about 17 cfs, and the water surface was rising too high for winter. Recall that there was quite a bit of precipitation early in the water year (September, October) which hopefully has recharged the groundwater supply somewhat.
Precipitation and Snowpack
So far this water year, precipitation at Peterson Meadows is right at 104% of normal, and at Warm Springs SNOTEL it’s at 92% of normal. Current snow water equivalent (SWE) for the two sites is 123% and 114% of normal, respectively. Perhaps surprisingly, it’s a good to average winter so far. Current SWE and accumulated precipitation are almost exactly the same as they were last year on this date. We are about 75% of the way through the typical snow water accumulation period, which peaks in early May on average at this elevation. So far in March, Peterson Meadows has only registered 0.30 inches of precipitation which affects inputs to the reservoir. Since March 1, the reservoir has released 386.8 acre feet at an average outflow of 35.8 cfs. Doing the math reveals that March inputs to date have averaged only about 14.1 cfs, or 51% of normal. Therefore, when the water surface elevation drops to a desired level, for example 6428.60 feet, outflow should be adjusted (probably reduced) in order to maintain a steady level. Of course, inputs will fluctuate due to changes in precipitation and air temperatures. Inputs typically begin to increase during March and continue to increase through June.
The latest CPC climate forecast (Feb 20) is for normal air temperatures and basically normal precipitation for March and April in Western Montana. After that, things trend towards warmer and drier than normal through September. The CPC forecast should be updated in a week or so and hopefully their moisture and temperature predictions improve for the summer season at the lake; we will see. The current Weather Service forecast from Missoula indicates a good chance of snow tonight, and again Friday night and through the weekend. Although the snowpack right now is actually pretty good, I would really like to see it dump and I mean feet, not a few measly inches, at the higher elevations.
Although recent lake inputs (precipitation, groundwater) have only been around 51% of normal, the snow pack looks pretty good. The NRCS Water Supply Outlook was just published March 5, and the predicted water volume forecast for Flint Creek near Southern Cross is 107% of normal at the 50% chance of excedance, and 85% of normal at the 70% chance of excedance; so it’s a very favorable prediction at this time. Since we are still a bit early in the season, I ran the model using 100% of normal lake inputs (see model output below). However, to get a starting elevation for the end of March, I determined that, if inputs were to continue at only 51% for March and outflow was held at 35 cfs, the March 31 elevation would be 6428.61 feet; so that is where I started the model scenario, switching outflow to 30 cfs beginning April 1.
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