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 May 12, 2020
Current Lake Elevation 6428.41 (PROVISIONAL DATA from USGS gage 12325000)
The water surface elevation is about half a foot below the long-term normal for mid-May, and has held steady for much of the month so far. Current outflow is about 40 cfs according to the USGS gage. Just a reminder that the FERC license stipulates a May 31 water surface elevation requirement of not lower than 6428.50 feet.
Precipitation and Snowpack
So far this water year, precipitation at Peterson Meadows is at 85% of normal, and at Warm Springs SNOTEL it’s at 89% of normal. Current snow water equivalent (SWE) for the two sites is 71% and 100% of normal, respectively, which creates a weighted average of 90% of normal SWE (28.6/31.6). The snowpack was better a few weeks ago, but warm weather consolidated and melted part of the snow, and April precipitation was below normal in the basin.
The latest CPC climate forecast (April 16) is for above-normal air temperatures and below normal precipitation for May through August in Western Montana. I would consider the CPC forecast to be an early heads-up to the possibility of below-optimal water supply this summer. The CPC forecast should be updated next week.
The current Weather Service forecast from Missoula indicates a good chance of rain and snow through the week at the lake, and then warming into the 50’s for several days.
Lake inputs from May 1 through May 11 (precipitation, groundwater) have averaged around 77% of normal for this first part of May. The snowpack looks mediocre due to warm air and low precipitation last month. The NRCS Water Supply Outlook was just published last week. The newest-predicted water volume forecast for Flint Creek near Southern Cross is about 93% of normal at the 50% chance of exceedance, and 74% of normal at the 70% chance of exceedance. Lake inputs have averaged 77% of normal over the previous 11 days, so I ran two model scenarios using 77% of normal lake inputs and changing the outflow regime (see model output below). Precipitation events forecast for this week can abruptly improve the lake inputs figure, so this is just a snapshot in time. The first model run shows the results of leaving the outflow (about 40 cfs) as it is for the rest of May, and then reducing outflow to 30 cfs for the rest of the season. May outflow would then average 40.9 cfs for the month. Outflows would be reduced further to 22 cfs for the winter, beginning in December. The second scenario shows the effects of reducing outflow tomorrow to 30 cfs, which results in a May monthly average outflow of 35.1 cfs. Beginning June 1, outflows would be increased to 35 cfs for the summer, then reduced to 20 cfs in November and through the winter.
Either scenario shows enough water for the upcoming season. It’s important to remember that these scenarios are based on 77% of normal lake inputs and will likely underestimate water supply for the next few months as the snow melts and storms blow through. But if the Climate forecast is accurate, with a warm and dry summer, the model estimates should be relatively accurate over the entire season. I will keep an eye on things and issue another update in two or three weeks.
D. Amman, Montana DNRC, 444-6648
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