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 June 16, 2020
The NWS Forecast for the lake calls for snow tonight and tomorrow, possibly up to 8 or 9 inches at the lake elevation and up to 14 inches at Discovery. Warmer weather for the weekend will surely melt that into even more lake inputs through surface water and groundwater avenues.
Right now the water surface is at 6429.90 feet and rising. The spillway crest is 6428.56 feet, so there is approximately 0.34 feet (4 inches) of water over the spillway. Outflow is around 66 cfs as measured at the USGS gage down at the weir pond, but part of that is groundwater or surface water contributions as well.
Since May 31, the water surface has risen 0.68 feet (about 8 inches), which represents a gain of 2,023 acre feet or about 68 cfs greater than the outflow rate. The average outflow since June 1 has been 45.3 cfs, so total inputs have therefore averaged (68 + 45.3) 113 cfs, which is about 127% of normal for June. To keep the lake level from rising right now, outflow would be adjusted to 113 cfs. Regardless, outflow should be adjusted upwards from the current 66 cfs. More rain and melting snow is on the way. Adjusting the outflow to at least 80 cfs or even 90 cfs would be a good step to reducing the lake rise.
Peterson Meadows SNOTEL site shows no snow left, but did pick up 2 inches of rain so far in June. Warm Springs SNOTEL is still registering 11.6 inches of Snow Water Equivalent, which is 120% of normal for this date.
The NRCS has published its’ latest (and last for 2020) Water Supply Outlook. For Flint Creek at the USGS gage, June through September, the best estimate at this time is 90% of normal water supply. More conservatively, there is a 70% chance that water supply will exceed 68% of normal. So it appears there will be plenty of water for the coming summer. Since that is a seasonal estimate, keep in mind that in the short term, the volume of water passing the gage will be above normal and could be followed later in the season by below-normal flows past the gage.
The weather, runoff, air temperatures and lake levels are in a state of flux at present. Instead of running the model right now, I will revisit conditions at the end of the month, make the model runs, issue an update and recommended flow regime at that time. For now, I strongly suggest immediately increasing outflow above the current rate of 66 cfs, to somewhere between 80 and 110 cfs.
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