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)
Updated June 11, 2021
Current Lake Elevation 6428.93 (PROVISIONAL DATA from USGS gage 12325000)
The lake level on May 31 was 6428.64 feet, but the average lake level for May 31 (since 1999) is 6429.02 feet, so the level was about 4.5 inches below normal. The average June 30 lake level is 6429.36 feet. Right now it's difficult to say whether the lake will reach this level; it all depends on air temperatures, and additional rain for the next few weeks. From June 1 through June 10, lake inputs averaged about 68.4 cfs, which is 88% of the long-term normal. These figures do not include the storm from yesterday, which was quite beneficial.
As of early this morning, Peterson Meadows sits at 81% of normal, and Warm Springs SNOTEL is at 83% of normal water year precipitation. There is still snow at the higher elevations with Warm Springs sitting at 88% of normal snow water, but not much snow is actually left within the lake watershed. Overall, it was a slightly above normal snow year at the higher elevations in the area, but the lower elevations did not receive much late March or April snow and much of the snowpack melted off early with warm air temperatures. See the Snow Water graphs on the last page: the black line is snow water accumulated this year, the green line is the long-term median snow water buildup.
The NRCS issued its June Water Supply Outlook, which is the last one of this year. For Flint Creek at the Southern Cross gage, the best estimate (50% chance of exceedance) is 77% of normal water volume through September. At the 70% chance of exceedance, the estimate is for only 52% of normal water volume. For Flint Creek below Boulder Creek, things look a bit better: 105% of normal (50% exceedance), and 88% of normal (70% exceedance). The forecast for lower Flint Creek is important since it may reduce water shortages for the lower valley.
I ran the model using 77% and 52% of normal lake inputs for the coming season. The 77% scenario (top illustration), shows adequate water through the entire season, with outflow set at 30 cfs. This scenario is likely a bit generous for this summer. With almost all snow gone from the upper watershed, inputs may drop off quicker than normal, with the lake not reaching full pool.
The 52% scenario (bottom illustration) shows a much tougher situation, with the lake finishing June at just under 6429.00 feet and dropping from there. Outflow is set at 30 cfs for the season, then reduced for the winter to store water. Keep in mind that the NRCS forecasts are “seasonal” (an average number for the period June through September), but the model output is monthly. Realistically, inputs fluctuate constantly due to weather (air temperatures and precipitation), making it important to calculate true input figures and adjust the model throughout the season.
Given all information at this time, including the CPC forecast for a hot and dry summer, water will be limited in the Flint Creek valley this year. I suspect the summer reservoir levels to look somewhere between these two scenarios. There will be enough water to keep the lake above the lower limit of 6427.50 feet, but there will be no flexibility regarding increased outflows above the mandated 30 cfs.
D. Amman, Montana DNRC, 444-6648
Kim Johnson from People and Carnivores () 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