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)
Current Lake Elevation 6428.74 May 2, 2022
(PROVISIONAL DATA from USGS gage 12325000)
The water surface elevation is normal for this time of year and elevation is rising at a very consistent rate.
Elevation and Inputs
Since March 31, 2022 the water surface has risen from 6428.41 to 6428.74 feet.
The lake gained 952 acre feet of storage from March 31 to April 30. Storage gains therefore average 16 cfs. Since the lake is gaining over and above the average April outflow of 7.6 cfs, total lake inputs equal 23.6 cfs. The gain is higher than in March but it is still only 70% of normal inflow for April. There is still some ice on the lake, but according to the MDT webcam there is quite a bit of open water showing on the banks.
In April, the Peterson Meadows SNOTEL site only received 2.0 inches of precipitation (which is 61% of normal), and the Warm Springs SNOTEL site gained 4.5 inches (about normal). Snow Water Equivalent as of today sits at 94% and 106% respectively, and a weighted average based on these two sites would be about 99% of normal SWE.
The CPC climate forecast (created April 21, 2022) is for higher-than-normal air temperatures and below average precipitation for May through July. Warmer and drier than normal conditions are predicted to persist into June, July, and August. These forecasts are updated around the 20th of each month.
The current Weather Service forecast from the Missoula forecast office for lows in the 30’s and highs in the 60’s until this weekend (5/6) when cooler temps and precipitation are forecasted. Predicted rain/snow could help boost inflows to the lake.
The water surface elevation sits at 6428.74 feet today, and I used an elevation of 6427.73 feet from the USGS gage for April 30. Based on the inputs calculated for April and the NRCS Water Supply Forecast for the USGS Flint Cr gage below the dam, I used a figure of 80% of normal in the model run (see next page). April ended up being drier than usual with consistent inflows around 70%. The May NRCS forecast was issued on May 1 and predicts flows from May to July at the Flint Creek USGS gage below the dam to be 90% of normal. Keep in mind there is a range of uncertainty in these forecasts. I therefore took a conservative number combining the observed 70% inflows over the last two months and the predicted 90% in the forecast. At 80% of normal inflows, the lake will still not fill until June with the proposed outflows. The recent snow/moisture seems to have helped conditions considerably.
For this model run, I kept the outflows very similar to last month’s update. If inflows increase considerably in May, outflows can be increased to accommodate that potential storage and minimize flows over the spillway in June.
Todd Blythe, Hydrologist
MT Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
1424 9th Avenue, P.O. Box 201601
Helena, MT 59620-1601
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.
Help Protect Our Bears
BEAR PROOF GARBAGE CAN PROJECT
To order your own bear proof garbage can send an email to
Kim Johnston 406-599-9424
FOR SPRING 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
Montana Sport Fish Consumption Guidelines
What you need to know about Mercury, PCBs, and other contaminants when fishing in Montana. This guide provides information about how to enjoy healthy meals from wild fish caught in Montana.
It provides specific scientific data about the water bodies which have been tested, plus more general information for areas that have not yet been tested.
For more information contact Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks
For information on collection and laboratory testing of fish from Montana waters, call MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks at 406-444-2449.
For information on the health risks of eating fish, call MT Health & Human Services 406-444-2837 or email: HHSFCS@mt.gov.
Or visit the MFWP website at www.fwp.mt.gov/fishing