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.
GLHA 2022 Summer Luncheon
August 28, 2022 (Sunday) 12:00 Noon meeting – Luncheon to follow
Location: Fire Hall Behind 7 Gables
Topic of Discussion: Guest speaker Todd Blythe “How DNRC Hydrologists Help Manage Georgetown Lake.”
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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 – August 1, 2022
Current Lake Elevation 6428.99 (PROVISIONAL DATA from USGS gage 12325000)
The water surface elevation is normal for this time of year based on 80 years’ worth of lake elevation data.
Elevation and Inputs
Since June 30, 2022 the water surface has fallen from 6429.41 to 6428.99 feet. This means the 30 cfs outflows exceeded all July inflows into the lake. The lake lost 952 acre feet of storage from June 30 to July 31. Storage loss averages -15.48 cfs. The lake was gaining less than the average monthly July outflow of 32.2 cfs, with total lake inputs equal to 16.7 cfs. The inflows were only 39% of normal for July. The inflows continue to be significantly less than normal for this time of year, even though July had decent precipitation. Hot dry conditions have since taken over at the end of July/beginning of August which will most likely contribute to continued low inflow amounts.
In July, the Peterson Meadows SNOTEL site received 1.2 inches of precipitation (which is 125% of normal), and the Warm Springs SNOTEL site gained 2.2 inches (176% of normal).
The CPC climate forecast (created July 31, 2022) shows a good chance of higher than normal air temperatures and normal precipitation for August. Drier conditions are predicted to begin in September and October. These forecasts are updated around the 20th of each month. The current Weather Service forecast from the Missoula forecast office for Philipsburg, MT shows lows in the 50’s and highs near 80 degrees for the next 5 to 6 days. There is a slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms and rain Friday (8/5) and Saturday (8/6).
The water surface elevation sits at 6428.99 feet today, and I used an elevation of 6429.09 feet from the USGS gage for July 31. Based on the inputs calculated for July, I used a figure of 55% of normal in the model run (see next page). July inflows were much lower, but precipitation was above average. The June 1 NRCS Water Supply Forecast for the USGS Flint Cr gage below the dam is stating above average flows for July through September, but given the below average inflows observed this year I went with a more conservative number until there is more evidence that the NRCS forecast is accurate. Keep in mind there is a large range of uncertainty in these forecasts. All inflows from this point forward are likely to be rain derived or from baseflow in the springs/NF of Flint Creek. So far in 2022, increased rainfall has not translated into increased inflows. For this model run, I set the outflows based on this provisions in the FERC license, with a split in October of 30 cfs until October 15 and then 10 cfs the rest of the month.
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