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 August 20, 2020
For August 1 through 16, Georgetown Lake water surface declined from 6429.56 feet to 6429.27 feet. Outflow averaged 54.8 cfs at the USGS gage site and outflow exceeded inputs by an average of 29 cfs, therefore inputs to the lake averaged 25.8 cfs for the first half of August, which is above normal based on the historic record, at about 122%.
However, based on the past 4 or 5 days, outflow has been reduced to an average of 46.6 cfs and lake inputs are at about 20.3 cfs, which is closer to the historic average, at 96%. Keep in mind this is a snapshot in time; the near future weather forecast looks like a good chance of storms this week at the lake.
If the average outflow for the rest of August is kept at 45 cfs, then the overall August outflow will average about 50 cfs; we will call this Scenario 1. If outflow was immediately returned to 30 cfs, then August would average 42.8 cfs (Scenario 2). If outflow was increased to 75 cfs for 7 days, then reduced to 30 cfs for the rest of the season, August outflow would average about 53 cfs (Scenario 3).
For Scenario 1 I kept outflow a little higher during September at 40 cfs, then reduced it through the winter. Keep in mind, this assumes that inputs to the reservoir (precipitation, ground water, surface flow) stay at about normal, or 96% in these example. This scenario shows winter lake levels of near 6428.50 feet, but with some flexibility to reduce winter outflow to allow for some gain in lake volume.
Scenario 2, which is a return to 30 cfs immediately, shows winter lake levels closer to 6428.80 feet; so about three tenths of a foot (3.6 inches) higher. Similarly, there is plenty of room to manage fall and winter outflows.
Scenario 3, which calls for 7 days of increased outflow to satisfy irrigation demands, and then a return to 30 cfs, allows for winter water levels of around 6428.60 feet. Again, there is room for water level management.
At this time the water surface is still quite high at 6429.27 feet. We had a lot of precipitation earlier this summer, but not much lately, so inputs have dropped into the range of normal. Since 1999, the median August 31 water level has been 6428.65 feet, so any of these scenarios would allow an above-normal August 31 water level. Returning to the license-specified 30 cfs outflow would keep the lake level the highest for the longest time of course.
The Climate Prediction Center should update their monthly Temperature and Precipitation maps sometime in the next week or two, which may also give some guidance of how to manage lake levels heading into October and November.
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