Georgetown Lake Homeowners Association
GLHA 2021 Summer Luncheon
August, 22 2021 (Sunday) 12:00 Noon meeting – Luncheon to follow
Location: Fire Hall Behind 7 Gables
Topic of Discussion: To be determined
All association members and friends are welcome to Summer Luncheon.
The Board thanks you for your participation.
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 July 29, 2021
The water surface right now sits at 6428.47 feet, which is 1.03 feet below the spillway and leaves 0.97 feet of stored water (down to 6427.50 feet) for the remainder of the summer. So, the lake is about halfway between the upper and lower boundaries. Outflow has been set at 30 cfs since mid May.
On June 30, the water surface was 6428.92 feet and on July 25 it was 6428.52 feet; over those 25 days the reservoir dropped 0.40 feet, which equates to 1190 acre-feet or an average of 24 cfs. Since outflow averaged 30 cfs over the same period, lake inputs (NET of outputs such as evaporation) averaged only 6 cfs.
According to Peterson Meadows instruments, May received 3.6 inches of precipitation (100% of normal); June received 1.5 inches (41%); July has received 0.10 inch (11%) so far. Over these three months, precipitation averaged only 63% of the total normal, leaving the area 3 inches short of rain. Water year total precipitation at Peterson Meadows is at 76% of normal. I would suspect evapotranspiration rates have also been above normal at the lake.
Since it basically did not rain yet in July, it's easy to calculate a consistent water surface average drop per day, which is 0.016 feet (about a fifth of an inch). This provides us with an excellent (although bleak) snapshot of current conditions. If the elevation is 6428.46 feet today, the following projections can be made, based on existing conditions and the severely limited precipitation over the past two months:
July 31: 6428.41 feet
August 15: 6428.17
August 31: 6427.91
September 15: 6427.67
September 30: 6427.43
I feel like this is a better way of forecasting right now than using the model, because the decline per day has been very consistent. Should the watershed receive some rain, these projections may improve since the numbers are based on extremely low lake inputs. As I write this, I just received a NWS Missoula alert for the possibility of "thunderstorms producing excessive rainfall and localized flooding." Frankly, I would love to see a series of downpours, but hold the lightning. We are at the end of July; nights begin to lengthen and hopefully cool things down, and it is possible we may receive some rain.
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