Georgetown Lake Homeowners 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)
GEORGETOWN LAKE UPDATE – December 17, 2021
Current Lake Elevation 6427.58 (PROVISIONAL DATA from USGS gage 12325000)
The water surface elevation is well below normal for this time of year, which would be closer to 6428.40 feet. The elevation is on the rise however.
Elevation and Inputs
Since November 30, the water surface has risen from 6427.41 to 6427.58 feet.
The lake has gained 417 acre feet of storage for the first 16 days of December. Storage gains therefore average 13 cfs. Since the lake is gaining over and above the outflow of 6.40 cfs, total lake inputs equal 19.40 cfs. That is 75% of normal for December. This is an encouraging trend, since inputs over the first 20 days of November averaged only 54% of normal. The watershed has seen some decent precipitation inputs and also some warm spells that melted snow and temporarily increased lake inputs. The MDT web-cam showed that the lake froze right around Thanksgiving time, then warmer temperatures unfroze the lake almost completely for a week or so. I have never seen that in December. Maybe it was a good thing, in that it may have allowed for better dissolved oxygen conditions for the lake. The lake now appears frozen over again.
So far in December, the Peterson Meadows SNOTEL site has received 1.6 inches of precipitation, and the Warm Springs SNOTEL site has gained 2.3 inches. Snow Water Equivalent today sits at 47% and 77% respectively, and a weighted average based on these two sites would be about 67% of normal SWE.
The CPC climate forecast (created December 16) is for below normal air temperatures and above normal precipitation for December through February. For March and April, the forecast is for normal conditions, and then warmer and drier through the summer. These forecasts are updated around the 20th of each month.
The current Weather Service forecast from Missoula is showing chances of snow showers for much of the coming week.
The water surface elevation sits at 6427.58 feet today, and I used an elevation of 6427.70 feet as the best estimate for the end of this month. Based on the inputs so far in December, I used a figure of 75% of normal in the model run (see next page). Bear in mind that this is a snapshot in time; just a month ago, things looked substantially worse. The current trend is positive and encouraging. We have a lot of winter ahead of us and hopefully so much snow falls that people complain about it all the way through May! If inputs continue at 75% of normal through the winter, the model run shows the water surface and corresponding storage gaining through the winter and reaching full pool by the end of May. Under this scenario, there could be some flexibility for outflow management. But again, summer is a long way off. We have seen over the years that the water supply starts to get somewhat tight under about 65% of normal.
I am retiring in a few days! My successor is a sharp young DNRC Hydrologist, Todd Blythe, who has superb analytical and modeling skills. Todd will run the model, provide analysis and insights, and generate updates regarding Georgetown Lake.
Todd can be reached at Todd.Blythe@mt.gov, or 444-4571.
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:
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.
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