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)
December 24, 2019
The snowpack supplying Georgetown Lake peaked at around 120% of normal in late April this year and began to melt off a few weeks early. 2019 Water Year precipitation was highly variable from month to month, totaling about 88% of normal by the end of September. May, June and August had only 72, 43 and 37% of normal precipitation, while January, February and July had 125, 144 and 189% respectively. Reservoir outflows were below normal for June and July, and above normal for August through October. Overall, an adequate water supply for the 2019 season.
Current Lake Elevation 6428.66 (Dec 16)
(PROVISIONAL DATA from USGS gage 12325000)
The water surface elevation is slightly above the long-term norm of 6428.51 feet and is on the rise. Reservoir outflow has been around 10 to 11 cfs for the past few weeks. The historic long-term monthly average outflows are (Oct) 26 cfs; (Nov) 22 cfs; (Dec) 20 cfs. This year, outflows were (Oct) 37.2 cfs; (Nov) 13.1 cfs; (Dec so far) 10.9 cfs. Outflows were kept pretty high during October to reduce the lake level for construction on the dam. Outflows were then reduced through November to rebuild the lake level to a good freeze-up level. The lake did freeze quite early this year, as there was ice on the lake even in late October.
Current Precipitation and Snowpack
So far in the 2020 water year, total precipitation at Peterson Meadows is right at 91% of normal, and at Warm Springs SNOTEL it is 75% of normal. Current snow water equivalent (SWE) for the two sites is 109% and 90% of normal, respectively. Winter is just getting started; the 30-year average snow accumulation is about 40% of total by 1/1/20
The CPC climate forecast (Nov 21) for the area is for above-normal air temperatures and above-normal precipitation through March. After that, the forecast predicts warmer and dryer conditions through the 2020 summer. Hopefully the existing forecast for a big winter pans out. The forecasts are updated around the third week of each month. The current Weather Service forecast from Missoula is indicating chances of a few inches of snow in the watershed later this week.
Reservoir inputs (precipitation, groundwater) from December 1 – 11 have been approximately 24.4 cfs, which corresponds to about 94% of normal for December. If the water surface is at a desirable elevation, outflow should be increased to around 24 cfs in order to maintain it at a steady level, but also knowing that inputs will fluctuate through the winter. I ran the model using 94% of normal lake inputs (see model output below), but we are so early in the winter that the model output doesn’t hold much weight at this time. As we have learned over the years, when the water supply outlook estimate drops to 65% or so, water supply begins to get tight in the Flint Creek system. Based on information at this time, I wouldn’t anticipate that happening this water year until late next summer, if at all. But we will just wait and see how the snow stacks up.
Dave 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