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 February 9, 2020
Today the water surface elevation is at 6429.03 feet, which is well above normal for this time of year. Outflow is set at 15.6 cfs which is very close to the long-term winter average. The Water Year accumulated precipitation sits at 87% of normal (since October 1, 2019) and as of midnight this morning, the combined snowpack as measured at Peterson Meadows and Warm Springs SNOTEL sites is 103% of normal. Expect this to increase substantially with the storms occurring and forecast for today, tonight and tomorrow.
Since January 1, the water level has increased from 6428.76 feet to 6429.03 feet. This represents a gain of about 803 acre feet. Calculations show this to be an average increase of 11.3 cfs over and above the average outflow for the period, which is 14.5 cfs. Therefore, lake inputs since January 1 have averaged 25.8 cfs, which is 93% of normal. If the goal is to balance inputs and outflow at this time
and therefore maintain a relatively steady water surface elevation, outflow should be increased to
about 25 cfs.
The long term climate forecast from the Climate Prediction Center, looks like above normal precipitation for February and March, trending towards normal through the springtime, and then below-normal precipitation for the summer. The CPC forecast will be updated in a few weeks.
Model output shows that if the outflow stays at 15.6 cfs and lake inputs stay at 93%, the lake would be spilling in April before the typical snowmelt runoff. It would be more reasonable and prudent to enter the runoff period with some freeboard (storage space) in order to have some outflow management options. The attached graph shows the model running 93% of normal lake inputs, but with outflow adjusted up immediately to 25 cfs. Keep in mind, the model is intended to provide a seasonal view of lake levels, inputs, outflows, etc. These parameters are continually changing, which may then require changes to reservoir management.
We are about half way through the normal snowpack accumulation period, so hopefully a lot of winter and snow storms left. I will continue to provide updates through the next several months, with more frequent updates as we approach the snowmelt period. For now, all looks good for the lake. However, I would recommend increasing lake outflow to somewhere between 20 and 25 cfs to maintain or even slightly decrease the lake elevation.
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